OK5210

A key component of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Wellness Initiative, the OK5210 daily numbers to live by encourage individuals to adopt four numbers into their daily lives:

  • Five or more servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • Two hours or less screen time.
  • One hour or more of physical activity.
  • Zero sugary beverages.

About OK5210
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.

While the Maine program targets school-age children, OK5210 has guidelines and tips for families, schools, out-of-school programs, worksites and churches. To help address the rise in childhood obesity rates, OU Children’s Physicians is using the OK5210 framework as a tool to help pediatric health care providers educate children and their parents on healthy lifestyles.

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.”

OK5210 Resources

General Nutrition and Health

Food & Fun After School – A curriculum designed to develop healthy habits out of school time.
The Nutrition Source – The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health online nutrition news and resource center.
Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity – Resources to help improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children, youth and their families.
Let’s Move! – First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to provide parents with support to make healthy family choices and make healthy, affordable food available everywhere.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation – A collaboration of the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation to reduce childhood obesity and empower kids to make healthy lifestyle choices.
KidsHealth – Provides parents, children and teens with doctor- approved information that they can understand and use.
We Can! – Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
ChooseMyPlate – The US Dept. of Agriculture’s interactive website that offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.
Adolescent and School Health – Statistics, science-based intervention strategies, policy guidelines and info on local and national programs for a range of health topics that impact children and adolescents.
Guide to Healthy Classroom Celebrations – There are many ways to celebrate using delicious, nutritious foods. This guide includes fun and easy to prepare snacks that involve little or no cooking for your class to celebrate birthdays, holidays and special events.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits & Veggies: More Matters – Tips for eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, nutrition information and ideas about planning, shopping and cooking meals and snacks packed with fruits and vegetables.

Physical Activity

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans – Educates on the benefits of physical activity and how to make it a part of a regular routine. Offers an array of informational conferences, valuable resources and grants and awards to physical education teachers, coaches, athletic directors and trainers, researchers, sport management professionals and college and university faculty.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education – offers an array of informational conferences, valuable resources and grants and awards to physical education teachers, coaches, athletic directors and trainers, researchers, sport management professionals and college and university faculty.
Physical Activity Pyramid for your After School Program – A fun and colorful guide to different types of physical activities kids can enjoy after school.

Screen Time

Common Sense Media: Junk Food Ad Tips – Provides education and advice about children’s media consumption, including a junk food advertising page with great tips on limiting exposure to harmful marketing for kids.
Managing Media Use – The American Academy of Pediatrics addresses how to help parents manage young children’s media use.
Create Your Family Media Plan – Allows families to create a personalized media plan to avoid displacing important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family time, outdoor play, exercise unplugged downtime and sleep.

Children and Teens

BAM! Body and Mind – The BAM! Body and Mind program provides tweens with information on various healthy topics, nutrition and physical activity. Children can use an interactive survey to help them identify activities that might fit their personalities, and find detailed descriptions, including the necessary gear and how to play so that children can try new things.
KidsHealth – Provides parents, children and teens with doctor- approved information that they can understand and use.
Healthy Food Games – A fun and interactive website for kids that includes recipes, games, activities, etc.

Diverse Communities

CANFIT – CANFIT is a leader in building community leadership and stimulating change at multiple levels, from individual behavior to public policy. Focuses on creating sustainable change in low income communities and communities of color.
Latin American Diet Pyramid – This Latin American Diet Pyramid illustrates how to eat the healthy and traditional Latin American Diet. It is an educational guide that promotes a diet of richly flavorful, affordable, and easy-to-prepare foods, and reflects the great range of culinary traditions, foods, and flavors of this vast area.
African Americans for Healthy Communities – A report drafted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Leadership for Healthy Communities that identifies potential solutions for reducing overweight and obesity in the African-American community.

Materials

School Nutrition Education Resources – Curricula and other helpful kids’ teaching tools for educators to help students establish smart and healthy fruit and vegetable eating habits for a lifetime.
Team Nutrition – An initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

Themes

National Health Observances – Special days, weeks or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.

To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Wellness Initiative, contact Melody Bays, Program Manager, at 405/606-2930.