Obesity Prevention Group To Promote 5-2-1-0 Message

Chipping away at a childhood obesity rate of one out of three children in Wasco County is the goal of the recently formed Coalition To End Childhood Obesity.  Over 20 different public and private organizations have signed on to help promote healthier habits for young people.  Mimi McDonnel of the North Central Public Health District says one of their initial efforts will be to promote a “5-2-1-0” message.  That stands for five servings of fruits or vegetables per day, no more than two hours of screen time a day, one hour of physical activity per day, and no sugar sweetened beverages.  McDonnel says it is a simple message they will be taking to schools, day cares, and clinics around the County.  She adds they are trying to find ways to make commuting by walking or bicycling easier to do in The Dalles.

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