Capstone Teaches About 5-2-1-0 Plan

5-2-1-0 more than a math problem. It's the name of a campaign to help stop childhood obesity and the focus behind a Senior Capstone Project.

Seniors Carlos Estrada-Sanchez, Anna Miller, Colin Monroe and Natalie Murray said, "Moving into college we understand that it will be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We wanted to get into the habit now so that we can avoid that dreaded freshman 15. Research on 5-2-1-0 really helped teach us about our upcoming lifestyle choices."

5-2-1-0 stands for five fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks each day. The group chose Becky Gonter-Dray, RD CSP LD, as their mentor for this project.

"I work with Natalie Murray’s mother at Dayton Children’s," Gonter-Day explained. "We also both attend St Christopher Catholic Church and School. When Natalie expressed an interest in nutrition I agreed to assist."

On Wednesday, January 27, the group met with students at St. Christopher School to explain the importance of 5-2-1-0.

"The group decided to work with St Christopher School since Natalie attended this grade school," shared Gonter-Day. "Sharing the CJ and Catholic values with younger students reinforces how lucky these students are to be receiving a Catholic education!"

"We all felt like we made a positive impact to the students," the capstone group added. "They were engaged and excited to learn about the 5-2-1-0 plan."

The group plans to return to St. Christopher School in a few weeks to see if the students have noticed any differences since adopting a 5-2-1-0 plan.

"We hope the students understand that it's not about what you look like, it's how you feel," the group emphasized. "We also hope they see that this is a realistic plan."

Posted January 29, 2016