Preventing childhood obesity

A simple message that can be used to improve patient health literacy and help prevent childhood obesity

Please refer to the disclaimer before reading the case studies.


The 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! Program is a childhood obesity prevention program. It was developed by the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and has been implemented throughout Maine (USA) and in neighbouring states.
The program has a message that’s simple and deliver and easy to understand:

  • 5 or more fruits and vegetables
  • 2 hours or less of recreational screen time
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity
  • 0 sugary drinks, more water

Program developers work with schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organisations to change the environments with which children and families interact. They also produce a range of resources (eg toolkits and brochures) for different settings and in different languages.


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