As a dietetic intern, I had the unique opportunity of promoting a wellness program called 9-5-2-1-0 © in Winchester, VA. The purpose of the initiative was to prevent and tackle the issue of childhood obesity. 8-5-2-1-0 © is the adult version of this same initiative and the numbers represent some simple health concepts to improve your overall well-being:
8 - Aim to get 8 hours of sleep per night
5 - Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day
2 - Limit screen time to 2 hours per day (TV, computer, etc)
1 - Aim to get 1 hour of physical activity per day
0 - Eliminate intake of sugar-sweetened beverages
These number are a great reminder that health and nutrition don't have to be as complicated as we sometimes make it out to be! Keeping these simple principles in mind each day can help you to move in the direction of living a healthier lifestyle, improving your overall well-being and quality of life and preventing long-term disease risk.
For more information on the 8-5-2-1-0 © program for adults (or 9-5-2-1-0 © for youth), check out the Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition at: http://tippingthescales.net