5210 DoDEA Artist Spotlight

In April 2018, to celebrate the Month of the Military Child, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will partner with The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State to host an Artist Spotlight competition on DoDEA’s Facebook page based on the 5210 Healthy Military Children campaign. DoDEA students are eligible to participate. Submission deadline is April 19th. Voting will occur on the DoDEA Facebook Page from April 20th to April 30th. Winners will be announced on May 1st, with artwork displayed on the DoDEA Artist Spotlight page.

5210 Highlight – Mountain Home Air Force Base

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:

  1. Reduce screen time and increase physical activity by participating in activities on the base; and
  2. 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.

5210 winners and their new bike

5210 winners and their new bike
Buddy Bison Bingo winners with their new bikes.

Distracted Eating

Picture of a family sitting down for dinnerA literature research on distracted eating was conducted by the Penn State 5210 Research Team which lead to the publication of a new tool sheet to explain the negative effects of distracted eating. This sheet will be added to the 5210 Families Toolkit soon.  You can see the new distracted eating tool sheet by clicking here.  The 5210 Healthy Children version is also available by emailing us at 5210@psu.edu.

5210 Highlight – Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

5210 Healthy Military Children is flourishing at Scott Air Force Base (AFB). One of the many successful programs is the 5210 Great Outdoors Challenge.

Designed and implemented in 2016 by Darla Klausner, Program Director for 5210 Healthy Military Children at Scott AFB, the 5210 Healthy Military Children Great Outdoors Challenge encourages families to stay active and reduce screen time during the summer by participating in activities in the community. Families register and take their National Park Trust Buddy Bison and 5210 Great Outdoors Challenge Passport with them all summer.

Participants earn stamps on their passport and can submit photos of their Buddy Bison while participating in activities. Both on-base and off-base businesses and units have teamed up to provide areas and activities where children and families can earn stamps. Registered families have an opportunity to win prizes, including ‘best photo’ with Buddy Bison.

For more 5210 ideas, visit us at 5210.psu.edu, or email us at 5210@psu.edu, and don’t forget to check our monthly boosters!

Picture of the 5210 Great Outdoor Challange at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

May I have some more juice, please?

New recommendations for fruit juice.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new recommendations  on fruit juice intake in late May of 2017.  One of the most significant changes from the previous recommendations is to limit intake to less than 4 oz of juice per day for toddlers under 4 years of age. Previous recommendations still stand. These include limiting intake to 4 to 6 oz of juice per day for children ages 1 to 6 years old.  You can learn more by exploring our 5210 Families Toolkit found at 5210.psu.edu, where you will find some fun alternatives to juice for your family!  You may also visit the AAP website for the full report.