OK5210 numbers to live by

A healthy living message brought to central Oklahoma by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Wellness Initiative.

Get moving toward a healthy lifestyle with these simple steps each day:

5 or more fruits and vegetables

Eat Healthy

  • Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
  • Include at least one fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack.
  • Try-A-Bite Rule: offer new fruits and veggies and encourage everyone in the family to try a few bites each time. It can take 7-10 tries to like a new food.

2 hours or less of screen time

Watch Less

  • Encourage your whole family to decrease the screen time to 2 hours or less each day.
  • Keep the TV and computers in central locations and out of children’s bedrooms.
  • Enjoy your family! Turn off the TV when eating and talk about the day.

1 hour or more of physical activity

Move More

  • Take gradual steps to increase your physical activity level.
  • Do a few minutes of activity several times a day until they add up to 60 or more minutes each day.
  • Physical activity should be fun! Try swimming, biking, walking, running, dancing, gardening or even vaccuming.

0 sugary beverages

Rethink Your Drink

  • Water has zero calories!
  • Encourage your family to love water. Serve it, choose it and remember if it’s there, people will drink it.
  • Read the label! Juice products labeled “-ade”, “drink” or “punch” often contain mostly corn syrup sweetener and less than 5 percent real juice.
  • For children 2 years and older, encourage fat-free or low-fat milk rather than whole milk.
► Healthy Living Toolkit ► OK5210 Branding Guide ► Wellness Initiative Grants
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has adopted the OK5210 numbers into its Wellness Initiative grant guidelines, requiring grant recipients to incorporate the OK5210 message in its funded program. Through the Wellness Initiative, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is supporting programs that integrate physical activities, good nutrition and overall healthy lifestyle choices into the daily routines of children and adults living in Oklahoma County.

“We believe that OK5210 provides tangible, reasonable steps for just about anyone and complements the goals of our Wellness Initiative,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “The increase in childhood obesity combined with the poor health rankings for our community is alarming. We believe the simplicity of the OK5210 message helps make the goal of developing a healthy lifestyle more attainable.”

► About OK5210
Launched in 2012 by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, the OK5210 initiative is modeled after one of the most successful and award winning programs in the nation called “5210, Let’s Go!” Based on a framework of evidence-based health behaviors associated with healthy weight adults and children, the “5210, Let’s Go!” program has reduced childhood obesity in the State of Maine by 1.5 percent in just three years. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has targeted these behaviors as priorities for obesity prevention and control. OK5210 and related slogans are now used in more than 45 percent of U.S. health campaigns to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent childhood obesity.