Benton Students Learning Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle 

Faculty and staff at Benton Elementary School are challenging their students to live a healthier lifestyle. The school has implemented the 5-2-1-0 program. “Five means eat five or more fruits and vegetables every single day,” says Benton Physical Education Teacher Sarah Dexter. “Two means watch two hours or less of recreational screen time. One means get one hour or more of physical activity, and that doesn’t all have to come at once. And zero means drink zero sugary drinks. Drink more water and low fat milk.”Classrooms are already implementing 20 minutes of exercise into their daily curriculum. But the program doesn’t end when the school day is over. “And the kids take home a calendar every single day and they check off if they’ve done all of the 5-2-1-0 every single day,” Dexter said. The staff is teaching kids that staying healthy is a skill that can last a lifetime. School officials say getting to the kids at a young age can set them on a path to a healthier lifestyle.