If your New Year’s resolutions relate to becoming healthier, we’ve got the perfect solution to keep you on track. Our 5-2-1-0 program is something every family can get behind when planning for a healthier 2021.
This helpful program is a simple way to get you and your family on the path to a healthier year by exercising more, eating more healthily, limiting screen time, and saying no to sugary drinks. These tips are the first easy steps to take as you make better health choices for yourself and your family.
This year, consider the four goals of 5-2-1-0 and make 2021 your family’s healthiest year yet.
Looking to lose weight or eat more balanced meals? Strive to eat five or more fruits and vegetables each day. See what’s in season to put fresh produce into your daily rotation, or you can choose frozen or canned produce.
Eating more fruits and veggies will not only make you feel better in the short term, but for the long term, too. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent some types of cancer, reduce the risk of digestive problems, and keep your blood pressure in check.
Limit: 2 Hours
Is one of your resolutions to learn a new skill? Then, ditch the TV! You and your family should limit screen time (excluding for work and school) to two hours or less per day. Turn off Netflix, get up from the couch, and try that new hobby you’ve been putting off.
Want to get more sleep during the new year, too? Don’t have TVs, computers, or video games in your bedroom. Instead, opt to read a book or do some yoga before bedtime to help you wind down and get a more restful sleep.
If you have kids under age 2, they shouldn’t have any screen time. Instead, bond as a family by reading a story, going for a backyard scavenger hunt, or creating some art together.
Play: 1 Hour
If one of your resolutions is to get more physical activity, start by getting at least one hour of exercise each day. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to hit the gym or buy expensive equipment; our physical activity recommendations include playing with your kids, taking a walk, or exploring our beautiful county by bike.
Get the whole family involved by making family time=active time.
Sugary Drinks: 0
One major step on the path to a healthier you is to ditch the sugary beverages. Drinking just one soda per day, even diet soda, has been linked to obesity and diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Soda isn’t the only culprit, though. The sugar found in coffee beverages, sports drinks, juices, and some cocktails can also help you pack on the pounds.
Have room for another resolution? Commit to drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Staying hydrated increases your energy, promotes weight loss, improves your complexion, and helps you focus.