Bassett's 5-2-1-0 Program Coming to Cobleskill & Morris

September 1, 2015

Two years ago, the Bassett Research Institute at Bassett Medical Center launched the 5-2-1-0 program to help improve the health of children in central New York. The healthy lifestyles program, which is showing success in Edmeston and Delhi, is now being expanded to Morris and Cobleskill.

“We’re pleased to partner with Bassett Healthcare Network and the school-based health center staff in bringing the 5-2-1-0 program to our Cobleskill-Richmondville community,” said Carl Mummenthey, superintendent of schools, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. “We look forward to helping raise everyone’s awareness of the importance of establishing habits of mind. By choosing healthy foods, exercising regularly, limiting screen time and avoiding sugary drinks, we can help promote healthy lifestyles for our students, staff and our greater school communities. We’re grateful for Bassett’s leadership and support in this valuable community health initiative.”

5-2-1-0 engages community sectors (schools, worksites, health care providers, community, preschool and after-school programs) to promote four important messages to help children, their parents and the community become aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle every day:

5 or more fruits & vegetables
2 hours or less of recreational screen time*
1 hour or more of physical activity
0 sugary drinks, more low-fat milk & water
(*Keep TV/computers out of bedrooms. No screen time for children under two.)

“We believe our projects in Delhi and Edmeston have already begun to show progress on 5-2-1-0 behaviors,” said David Strogatz, PhD, director of Bassett’s Center for Rural Community Health and an epidemiologist with expertise in community-level health interventions. “Parent surveys of their children’s behavior conducted in the spring of 2013 and 2015 indicate there is a shift toward more consumption of fruits and vegetables, less consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages and reduced time in front of the television. There is still room for improvement in reaching 5-2-1-0 daily goals, but we have shown that this partnership with multiple sectors of the community moves us in the right direction and expect that positive results will also be seen in Morris and Cobleskill.”

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