At Nemours we’ve made preventing obesity one of our top priorities. Through Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) groundbreaking program "5-2-1-Almost None," we’re giving kids and parents the guidance and support they need to make lifestyle choices that we hope will set the stage for a lifetime of healthy family habits.
Our 5-2-1-Almost None formula is simple:
- 5 or more fruits & vegetables
- 2 hours or less of screen time
- 1 hour of physical activity
- Almost none: sugary drinks
Annual well-child visits (check-ups) offer one of the best opportunities to share our practical obesity prevention tips with area families. In 2007, when our program was still in its early stages, we counseled 36% of our 2- to 18-year-old patients and their parents seen for annual well-child visits at our pediatric primary care locations in Delaware. That was a start. But as our commitment to the program has grown, we’ve reached more and more children through Nemours check-ups every year.
In 2008, 66% of our Delaware Primary Care patients and their parents received 5-2-1-Almost None counseling at the routine yearly visit. This number increased to 77% in just 9 months in 2009. That’s quite a feat, considering that the national average for nutritional counseling at well-child visits is 53%, based on the National Healthcare Quality Report 2008, which sets the standard for care.