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Cleveland Clinic Supports Healthier School Meals, Healthier Children

Here at Cleveland Clinic, we are proud to be a leader in the movement to ensure all young people grow up healthy. We accomplish this goal by collaborating with other childhood health champions, like the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and USDA’s MyPlate, to work with Ohio schools and community organizations to incorporate nutrition and health lessons into kids’ everyday activities.

We are particularly proud of the 5 to Go!™ campaign, which centers around simple tips that teachers can teach students in the classroom and parents can replicate at home to help families develop healthier habits:

5: Eating FIVE fruits and veggies a day provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals to help children grow healthy and strong. Cleveland Clinic’s Food is Knowledge® program teaches children about healthy eating.

4: Giving and getting FOUR compliments allows children to develop self-esteem and respect for others. Cleveland Clinic believes that mental health is just as important as physical health for children.

3: With growing and changing bodies, children need at least THREE servings of calcium to ensure those bodies are strong and healthy. One lesson in Food is Knowledge® is devoted entirely to the calcium group.

2: Limit media time to TWO hours a day. Limiting the amount of media exposure encourages active lifestyles — crucial for children. Time away from screens creates more time for healthy activities as well as time to spend with friends and family

1: Get at least ONE hour of exercise a day. Children who exercise are not only more physically healthy, but studies show that they do better in school as well. Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Futures curriculum teaches children the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

0: Aim for consuming ZERO sugar-sweetened drinks. To promote healthy living, children should avoid sugared beverages.

Go! Be healthy, inside and out!

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