DoDEA Joins in 5210 Healthy Military Children Initiative

Media Advisory: March 10, 2016
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ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will be participating in the 5210 Healthy Military Children Initiative, which is being actively promoted through the Air Force Medical Support Agency in collaboration with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). The intent of the 5210 Initiative is to increase awareness of the 5-2-1-0 message among military and local communities, influence behavioral choices for better health and increase parent/guardian awareness of daily behavioral choices.

The 5210 Initiative is a Military-wide plan to improve child health. The message represents four healthy behaviors children should achieve each day: 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables; 2 or fewer hours of screen time; 1 or more hours of physical activity; 0 sweetened beverages.

This year, DoDEA is partnering with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Air Force regarding National Nutrition Month (March) and the Month of the Military Child (April). From March 15 through April 15, 2016, DoDEA will host a Month of the Military Child 5210 artist spotlight art competition on the DoDEA Facebook page, based on the 5210 Healthy Military Children public message.

In addition, from March 15 through April 15, 2016, the Air Force and DeCA will work with DoDEA schools on four Air Force bases (Kadena, Yokota, Maxwell and Spangdahlem) regarding the 5210 art competition for which students can submit artwork with the 5210 theme to be displayed at local base commissaries.

For more information on DoDEA’s involvement, contact:
Dr. Lori Worley
Fine Arts Instructional Systems Specialist
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Telephone at DSN (312) 372-6027 or commercial at (571) 372-6027