Contributing factors for obesity include physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and lack of access to healthy foods. Obesity increases the risk for health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and stroke. In Duval County, 66.2% of adults and 29.0% of middle and high school students are overweight or obese. Committee initiatives to address this strategic priority focus on increasing the percent of children and adults who are at a healthy weight and increasing access to nutritious and affordable food.
The committee meets the second Thursday of every month from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Please contact Healthy Jacksonville at 904-253-1489 or HealthyJax@flhealth.gov to join this committee.
Paul Sapia, Humana
Spencer Greenwood, Florida Department of Health in Duval County
5-2-1-0 The Healthiest Way to Go! helps Duval County kids and families to lead healthy and active lives through four simple daily practices.
5 – or more fruits and veggies each day
2 – hours or less of recreational screen time
1 – hour of more of physical activity
0 – sugary drinks (more water and low-fat milk)
5-2-1-0 is a nationally recognized program for childhood obesity, focused on increasing healthy eating and active living. Research shows that family members provide some of the most important role models for children in their food choices and participation in physical activities.
Join the movement for a healthier community by becoming a 5-2-1-0 family! We’ve made it simple to get started, with these brochures and tools:
Take the Pledge
Show your commitment to leading a healthier lifestyle as a family and take the 5-2-1-0 pledge today! Simply answer four questions below (we’ll use the information to develop future programs to help make Jacksonville a healthier community), to receive your 5-2-1-0 pledge certificate. Post your pledge at home or the office as a daily reminder to help you stay on track.
In its 2009 Call to Action policy recommendations, the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Coalition recognized the important role of the primary care provider plays in the community. To assist health care providers in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, HJCOPC and community partners developed the Childhood Obesity Starter Kit for physicians and other healthcare providers. In this kit, we have assembled practical tools we feel will be helpful to providers as they organize their practice to address this disease. You’ll also find a short list of local resources for patients and families to help them adopt healthier lifestyles. We’ve supplemented the kit with an extensive collection of fun tips and suggestions in flyer formats that cover healthy eating and fitness for preschoolers, elementary school-age children, and tweens and teens, as well as other community resources that can help families with nutrition and fitness programs. Please feel free to use these materials and direct your patients to this site to learn more about how they can combat childhood obesity. A tremendous amount of work and collaboration was devoted to the development of the Childhood Obesity Starter Kit. We’d like to thank the THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health | Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for grants that enabled this work. We’d also like to thank the following for the creation and development of the kit: Nemours Children’s Specialty Care; Florida Department of Health – Duval County; Samantha Tyler, member of North Florida Americorps; Leslie Barry, RDN; Catherine Christie, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND, Associate Dean of Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida; and the University of North Florida Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.