How might we show kids how to adopt the 5 – 2 – 1 – 0 message through new experiences and healthy foods?
Explore Camp 2015 is the third iteration of One Stone’s Think, Believe, Explore, Dream, Build, Commit, Discover, Act, Choose, Live Camp, in partnership with St. Luke’s Health System, Bogus Basin and Boise Parks and Recreation. This year, the camp focused on the 5 – 2 – 1 – 0 message. 5 – 2 – 1 – 0 is a nationally recognized anti childhood obesity program developed through the Let’s Move initiative. The message focuses on guidelines that make healthy living choices easy to remember. Each day, eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks.
The 20+ Explore Campers (ages 8 – 14) and their One Stone buddies practiced 5 – 2 – 1 – 0 by unplugging, getting outside to try new things, and learning more about healthy eating. Through these new challenges (Hiking! Camping! Blanket volleyball!) campers had the opportunity to work together to build self-esteem and confidence—and earn badges for their personal achievements. Their favorite badges? “Strong” and “Caring” or in the words of one camper, “every one of them, they’re all cool!
The camp culminated with an overnight camping experience under the stars at Bogus Basin, and a final hike up Mores Mountain by all 50+ campers and One Stone buddies.
In a pre-event survey of the campers, 27% knew about the 5 – 2 – 1 – 0 message, 13% knew a little, and 59% had no knowledge of the public health campaign. After the event, the campers not only knew about the message, but in a post-event survey, 63% of participants said that they planned to stick to all or some of the 5 – 2 – 1 – 0 guidelines. The easiest component for them to stick to is one hour of exercise each day, while the hardest is limiting screen time to two hours a day.
We also asked campers to describe their experience in 5 words or less. The most frequently used words? “Fun!” “Awesome!” One Stone’s word after hearing from campers about their experience? “YESSSS!”