For Families

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0’s Resource Page: includes a lot of information about ways to eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce screen time, increase physical activity, and cut back on sugary drinks.

Testimonial video from Stamford, CT’s KIDS’ FANS Program on a family’s use of 5-2-1-0.

Tips to achieve 5210 

  • Take the 5210 Challenge! With your child, record his or her servings of fruit and vegetables, hours of recreational screen time, amount of physical activity, and the number of sugary drinks consumed. Great way to keep kids motivated and on track.
  • Try this fun 5210 Bingo. How many boxes can you complete in a week? Plan a non-food reward for when you reach bingo. 5210 Bingo en español: ¿Cuántas cuadros puedes completar en una semana? Planear una recompensa no alimentaria cuando obtienes un bingo.*

Non-Food Rewards at Home:

Using food as a reward:

  • Contributes to poor health
  • Encourages overconsumption of unhealthy foods
  • Contributes to poor eating habits
  • Increases preferences for sweets

Check out the easy alternatives in the link above!

Weight Management Tools and Resources: from the National Institute of Health. Parent tips and handbook with resources in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time reduction.



My Toddler Hates Vegetables: strategies that will help with this.

Selling Kids on Veggies When Rules like ‘Clean Your Plate’ Fail: A great article from NPR that explains why positive encouragements tend to work better than rules like “no second helpings.” The article offers some clever ideas like “Try it Tuesday,” where parents and children choose a new food to try on Tuesdays, and “No-thank-you bites,” where the child can say “no thank you,” but has to try a bite first.

Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

What Children Can Do in the Kitchen: children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they help prepare them.


Terrific Reasons to Limit Screen Time: reasons to limit screen time (tv, computer, phones, tablets) and to not put a TV in your child’s bedroom. En español: algunas razones excelentes para limitar el tiempo de pantalla (e.j. la televisión y la computadora) y algunas razones para no poner un televisor en el dormitorio de su hijo(a).*


Indoor and Outdoor Helping Activities: children want to be active and involved in everyday activities. They enjoy the responsibility of helping around the house and around the yard. Being physically active helps to keep your child healthy and teaches important skills. Try involving your child in some of these activities.*

KidsHealth Nutrition & Fitness Center: Physical activity ideas for pregnant mothers and parents of kids all ages. Also includes ways to motivate your child to be more physically active.

Play Everyday: fun physical activity ideas to try with your child.*


What Should Preschoolers Drink?: “The best drinks for preschoolers — and for kids of all ages — are milk and water.” También, se puede leer este artículo en español.

Sugar 101: why we crave sugar, how it is so addicting, and how to decrease your kids’ and your daily intake.


*Special thanks to Linda Miklos, Health Manager at Education Connection Head Start, for creating many of these resources.