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School in Belfast Kicks off Healthy Program 

An apple a day makes the students and teachers at a Belfast school extra happy.They have started a program that promotes healthy eating choices and lifestyles.Meghan Hayward has more.”Apples and bananas””Bananas, apples, peaches and grapes.””I eat apples and pears.”Students at the East Belfast School are ahead of the game.The school just kicked off a county wide program called ” Let’s Go 5-2-1-0″It aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices for students, youth and families.What’s the big message they want the students to get?”Just begin to think about how they can make healthy choices. Everyday they’re faced with choices, so just showing them how you go about making good choices.”School Health Coordinator Linda Hartkoph says the name Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 is a catchy way to remember to eat and drink the right things and be physically active. Five servings of fruits and veggies a day, two hours away from the TV or computer, one hour of physical activity, and zero sugary drinks.The school just received $5,800 from a program to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school year.”We’ve definitely seen some changes in kid’s behaviors and excitement around seeing new fruits and vegetables and trying them.”The kids are happy to take part in the program.”I think it’s pretty good because people get to be healthy and eat good.””It’s going to make everyone healthier.”Vyvyenne Ritchie is the Director of Healthy Waldo.She says a program like this is vital.”It’s going to reduce the amount of overweight obesity in children that causes chronic disease as they get older.”One of the first steps in the program, planting an apple tree in front of the school.”It’s symbolic of growth, of healthy eating, of the project 5-2-1-0 and taking care of something in our environment.”