There are many basics to good health. Nutrition and food quality are key.
Each day, people consume foods and beverages, establishing eating habits and patterns that affect their lives. An individual’s diet, alone, can be the greatest predictor of his or health and risk for chronic disease. Diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers are linked to poor nutrition. National guidelines, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), assists persons in identifying and understanding appropriate serving sizes, food groups, and calories.
To help us build and adopt healthier habits, the Florida Department of Health in Duval County has created 5-2-1-0. This statewide awareness campaign encourages citizens to daily:
- Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide nutrients that are important for growth and development.
- Commit to 2 hours of screen time each day. Too much screen time puts persons at risk for obesity, poor performance and concentration difficulty. No televisions, computers, or games where you sleep.
- Engage in 1 hour or more of physical activity. Regular physical activity promotes healthy weight.
- Consume 0 sugary drinks. Water is the best choice.
Learn more about it and the various programs and services provided by the Department of Health.