(Columbia, SC) – The University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, in partnership with the State Nutrition Action Coalition (SNAC) and the South Carolina Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) programs, announces the launch of their 5210 South Carolina statewide campaign. This joint venture between the programs is designed to encourage positive health outcomes for the children of South Carolina and those around them.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 41% of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or suffer from obesity. The new 5210 South Carolina campaign encourages children to “level up” their health, motivating children to eat five fruits and vegetables, have less than two hours of recreational screen time, enjoy at least one hour of physical activity and refrain from consuming sugary drinks each day.
“As cliché as it sounds, children really are our future — and it’s important that they maintain a healthy and sustainable lifestyle,” says Genine Hodges, program manager at SNAP-Ed. “I think we all know how hard it is to eat healthy and be active every single day, but if we can get children to buy into just one of these steps of the 5210 program, we know they’ll greatly benefit from it.”
Originally a national initiative used by programs all over the county, the South Carolina-specific 5210 program is designed to be positive and empowering — spreading a simple message about healthy behaviors that impact everyone’s day-to-day lives.
“With this campaign, we want to provide actionable steps for South Carolinians that inspire them to lead healthier and more active lives,” says Ashley Page Bookhart, research associate at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. “We don’t want people to fully eliminate things from their lives but we’re trying to encourage making small healthy choices that add up over time.”
5210 South Carolina promotes independence and autonomy by motivating individuals to make simple choices that are affordable and attainable — which leads to measurable results.
Learn more about 5210 South Carolina at http://5210sc.com/. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-SNAP.