5210 Healthy Military Children is thriving at Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB). Whether it is a 5210 focused one-on-one intervention with a Registered Dietitian or one of the many 5210 events that take place, Mountain Home AFB’s Health Promotion team is empowering parents and children to make slow and steady healthy choices over time.
This past summer, the Mountain Home AFB team hosted a Buddy Bison Bingo Challenge that focused on providing military families the opportunity to:
- Reduce screen time and increase physical activity by participating in activities on the base; and
- Encourage healthy eating habits.
Each child who participated received a National Park Trust Buddy Bison stuffed animal and a bingo card. The goal was to take Buddy Bison along on all summer adventures and official Force Support Squadron Buddy stop events to complete a bingo. Every child who returned a bingo card was entered into a raffle!
During the month-long event, Mountain Home AFB had 109 children register. The Health Promotion team also attended different base events to promote the 5210 Buddy Bison Bingo and 5210 principles. At the end of the program, 89% of families who completed a post-survey felt that the 5210 Buddy Bison Bingo Challenge helped their families to make healthy changes to their eating and physical activity habits.
At this time, 5210 Healthy Military Children opportunities are in full swing with offering 5210 outreach classes to the Child Development Center on base and a monthly Storytime at the local library promoting the 5210 principles.
With the excitement generated over this past year, the Health Promotion team is looking forward to additional exciting ways to promote 5210 Health Military Children in 2018 and continuing to empower families and children to make healthy choices.