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Ready, Set Go! 5210 community summit focuses on healthy lifestyle

Posted on Sep. 14, 2013 ( comments)
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Medical Director Dr. Jim Polo, and David Katz, MD at the 5210 community summit.

Dr. David Katz says the keys to reducing chronic disease and early deaths are already in our hands.

“We have known since 1993 at least what the major causes of chronic disease and early death are,” he said Friday. “The gap between what we know and what we do belies that wishful thinking.”

Katz, an internationally recognized expert in the field of nutrition, weight management and chronic disease management, was in Tacoma Friday for a Ready, Set, Go! 5210 community summit.

He says 80 percent of chronic diseases could be eliminated simply through better lifestyle choices, and that just 20 minutes of physical activity five days per week could immunize children against the onset of type 2 diabetes.

But, he cautions, there is arduous work ahead of all of us to “take what we know, and turn it into what we do.”

The summit also included panel discussions on active living and healthy eating.

One goal of the summit was to inspire commitments to creating environments that promote healthy eating and active living for everyone. There are already a range of educational and community programs that are contributing to progress in this area. Here are some examples:

  • Ready, Set, Go! 5210 – a community-based initiative in Pierce County to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families.
  • ABC for Fitness - a nutrition program for schools.
  • ABE for Fitness - a physical activity program designed for adults.
  • Nutrition Detectives – a free program designed to teach kids to make healthy choices.

Additional Resources

  • Dr. Katz has a new book, Disease-Proof, coming out Sept. 26
  • Unjunk Yourself – a music video program for middle-schoolers
  • OWCH - Online Weight Management Counseling for Health Care Professionals
  • Hungry Planet: What the World Eats – a book that profiles 30 families from around the world, exploring what food is purchased and eaten in an average week
  • For more information, visit Dr. Katz’s website at

The 5-2-1-0 stands for:

  • 5 or more fruits & vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals. Studies suggest that fruit and vegetable consumption may help prevent weight gain.
  • 2 hours or less of recreational screen time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average child watches an average of 5 to 6 hours of TV a day. The APP recommends that children younger than 2 shouldn’t watch any television. No TV or computer in the room in which a child sleeps.
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity. Regular activity is essential for weight management and prevention of chronic diseases.
  • 0 drinks with added sugar, more water and low fat milk. Children ages 1 to 6 should consume no more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice per day and kids 7 to 18 no more than 8 to 12 ounces.
David Katz, MD, is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. Dr. Katz is a two-time diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health and a clinical instructor in the Yale School of Medicine. Known internationally for his expertise in nutrition, weight management and chronic disease management, he is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Childhood Obesity.

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