Miami Valley Hospital’s mission is to build healthier communities. Our partnership with GetUp Montgomery County will help us fulfill that by promoting healthy lifestyles for children and families.
GetUp is all about promoting healthier lifestyle choices for children and families, especially when it comes to eating better and being more physically active. It’s about driving a culture change in Montgomery County where community partners, such as Miami Valley Hospital, make it easier for kids and families to lead healthier lives.
You probably know the old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Likewise, we recognize that it will truly take a community to change the health of our children. Every one of us plays a part, including Miami Valley Hospital.
Together, Miami Valley Hospital and GetUp Montgomery County are committed to the vision: Healthier Community, Healthiest Children. We are working to provide an environment which encourages healthier living and removes barriers children and families face when attempting to make smart nutrition and physical activity choices. Long-term, we want to see healthier children with less health risk-factors, such as overweight, obesity and diabetes.
The Five-Two-One-Almost None lifestyle ‘prescription’ encourages children and families to increase daily active play and improve daily nutrition, while reducing negative calories consumed.
As a prescription for healthy living, children should get:
Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Spend less than two hours of leisure time each day on TV, video and/or computer games. Many children spend four to five hours a day in front of a screen – and that’s not counting time spent on legitimate school work. Use this log to help reduce children’s screen time.
Get at least one hour of active play each day. One hour can be split into a few fun games lasting 10-15 minutes each. This log can help rank your children’s physical activity.
Drink almost zero sugary soda or juice-flavored drinks. Have your child drink more water and milk, or 100% fruit juice. Sugary drinks, which include pop, sports drinks and juice drinks that are not 100% juice, give your child no nutrition and add empty calories.