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Lakewood joins national initiative to encourage healthy habits in youth

Kids and preteens receiving well-child checkups at Lakewood Health System will be filling their own prescriptions - not for medications, but for healthy activities, like exercise and eating well.

Lakewood has joined a national initiative called Let's Go 5-2-1-0 (, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families. The 5-2-1-0 acronym is shorthand for the program's main message: that every child should eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables; spend less than 2 hours of recreational screen time (including TV, computers and hand-held devices); get at least one hour or more of physical activity, and consume zero sugary drinks each day.

"We recognize that eating well and being active are just as important to the health of our kids as are immunizations and other health initiatives," said Kelly Coughlin, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Lakewood Health System.

Coughlin said Lakewood will be incorporating the Let's Go 5-2-1-0 message into all well-child checkups.

"Our goal is to partner with parents and kids to encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime," said Coughlin.

The Let's Go 5-2-1-0 initiative is one of several Lakewood health and nutrition programs being implemented this year in an effort to share information and resources with community members. The Let's Go 5-2-1-0 program is partially funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP).