Project Name: Project 5210 – the code for healthier children:
This project was funded by the ASMBS Foundation, and is not a current or ongoing program of the ASMBS Foundation. For more information on this project please contact the grant recipient – Christus Schumpert Health System Foundation, Shreveport, LA.
Program Activities and Description:
- 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- 2 hours or less of TV or computer viewing per day
- 1 hour of physical activity/exercise per day
- 0 tolerance for alcohol, tobacco and drugs
The childhood obesity program, Project 5210, is offered to the community free of charge and is composed of three sections: family, school and individual.
PROJECT 5210’s main goal is toincrease the knowledge of nutrition, exercise, behavior and health for the child and parent while fostering an environment that strives for a healthy lifestyle for each unique participant. Success is not only based on weight loss, but on positive lifestyle changes and increase in knowledge that enables the child and parent to establish health habits throughout life. Besides nutritional education and knowledge of caloric intake, it is important for families to also understand the societal behaviors which are contributing to childhood obesity. PROJECT 5210 is an effective tool in combating childhood obesity by presenting a fun, interesting and reliable educational program for all children.