Clinton lands health grant

CLINTON — Getting Clinton residents to think about getting healthier recently earned a financial boost.

As part of the Healthiest State Initiative, the city of Clinton was named among a second group chosen as a 5-2-1-0 community, which includes $17,250 for Clinton. The money is distributed through an Iowa Department of Public Health grant.

Clinton joins Manning, Mason City, Mount Ayr, Keosauqua and Warren County in the latest round of cities selected as 5-2-1-0 communities.

Let's Live Healthy Clinton committee member Andrea Barnett said the committee is currently working on the initiatives to go along with the 5-2-1-0 campaign.

"I think it will tie in with the move more, eat well and feel better campaign," said Barnett, mentioning the current campaign of the Let's Live Healthy Clinton movement.

A summit regarding the 5-2-1-0 campaign will be held in October in Des Moines, pointing local leaders in the direction of how to utilize the funds.

The campaign, created by the state of Iowa, is simple in its strategy. Each number represents a goal each child should have for daily life:

• 5 is for five or more fruits and vegetables.

• 2 is for two hours or less of screen time.

• 1 is for one hour or more of physical activity.

• 0 is for zero sugary drinks, with a focus on more water.

This health-focused movement is for children in showing scientifically motivated ways to promote healthier habits.

The campaign focuses on implementing these tools in child care centers, schools, health care providers and in businesses.

The Let's Live Healthy Clinton initiative has infiltrated many of those areas, with a minor exception for businesses, Barnett said.

"We haven't done a lot with work places yet," Barnett said. "Maybe over the next two to three years, targeting some work places, we can get them more involved in our committees. That way we can develop some of those action plans."

The Let's Live Health Clinton group is made up of three committees, focusing on healthy habits in moving more, eating well and feeling better.

The committee has seen success in recent years with the multi-sector approach, showcasing healthy eating habits in concessions stands and initiating children's activities, like the recent Splash Dash and an upcoming children's run at the packet pick-up party Saturday in preparation for the Clinton Half Marathon.

Now the group will have an opportunity to utilize these grant funds as a way to put more attention toward this Iowa initiative.

And the 5-2-1-0 is not only for officials ingrained in the Let's Live Healthy Clinton group. Schools, child care centers, out-of-school programs and health care sites can sign up as a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count site. Registration is free and as certain thresholds are met, entities can apply for Healthiest State annual education awards.

To register, visit Iowahealthieststate.com/resources/individuals/5210/registered-sites.