Sounds like the beginning of a cheer.
Or maybe the passcode for your iPhone.
Could it be a new 4 digit USMLE scoring system
A pattern my daughter is learning in elementary school math class? Hmmm, not quite a reverse Fibonacci sequence.5-2-1-0
is a public health initiative that originated in Maine, focusing on these goals:FIVE:
eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables per dayTWO:
limit screen time to less than 2 hours per day*ONE:
get at least 1 hour of physical activity every dayZERO:
have no sugar sweetened drinks (have water; reduced fat milk)
*And get the TV out of the bedroom. No eating while watching. And no screen time under age 2.
Can you do that? Can you model that for your patients, your peers, your children, your nieces and nephews? Can you do that while in medical school? During residency? As an attending? A parent? A professional?
What you can
do is help motivate
. Which words are most motivating to parents? An October 2011 study on parental perceptions of weight terminology
revealed a preference for terms like "unhealthy weight" and "weight problem" as most motivating. Terms like "fat" and "obese" and "extremely obese" were rated as the most undesirable, stigmatizing, blaming and least motivating.
What you can
do is set goals, pick things to work on. Patients could choose a "5" vegetables goal and aim for "0" juice, and then exceed these goals. As pediatricians, we should have the conversation, speak clearly
, and then follow up with our overweight patients. To help these children in the context of their families, schools
, and communities. To advocate for the space and safety they need to play and the availability and accessibility of healthful foods. And to preserve self esteem.