Charles City gets $30,000 “5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices County” award

CHARLES CITY — Charles City has been selected as one of 14 Iowa communities to receive a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count funding award from the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count in a nationally recognized, evidence-based framework to promote the daily recommendations of five services of fruit and vegetables, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks.

The goal of the program is to work with parents, teachers, child care providers, health care providers and business leaders to increase physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services is working with a local steering committee consisting of representatives and contributions from the City of Charles City, Charles City Community School District, Floyd County Department of Public Health, Floyd County Medical Center, TLC Daycare and ISU Extension.

The committee decided to focus on accessibility improvements at local schools. First-year projects include a new ADA-accessible swing at Lincoln Elementary School and an ADA-accessible swing and outdoor sensory playground equipment to be installed at the Charles City Middle School.

First-year funding of $30,000 will also include a new water fountain and water bottle filling station at the gym of the North Grand Building for children at the TLC Daycare and everyday users of the facility.