Healthcare professionals have a unique opportunity to reinforce the importance of healthy habits during interactions with their pediatric patients and their families.
Developing healthy habits early on in childhood is important for maintaining healthy weights and preventing chronic disease, including Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Parents and children place a lot of importance on the recommendations of healthcare providers and Live 5-2-1-0 can help to open the discussion on healthy living habits.
Sharing an evidence-based message and initiative, such as Live 5-2-1-0, can supplement the conversations healthcare providers have with patients and families.
What can the health sector do?
- Distribute Live 5-2-1-0 resources (e.g. 5 Tip Sheet for Families, Live 5-2-1-0 Fact Sheets) to pediatric patients and their families during appointments and in waiting rooms
- Display the Live 5-2-1-0 message in clinics and health centres (e.g. computer screen savers in clinic rooms, Live 5-2-1-0 Weekly Tip Poster in waiting areas)
- Use the Healthy Habits Questionnaire and/or Live 5-2-1-0 message to help engage patients and families in discussion around healthy behaviours (healthy eating, limiting screen time, and physical activity) as part of routine practice at pediatric appointments
- Connect families to resources and services in the community that support them in making healthy choices
- Participate in community events that promote Live 5-2-1-0 and/or support healthy choices (e.g. Doctors of BC Be Active Every Day, Walk with your Doc)
How are healthcare providers using Live 5-2-1-0 resources?
The following is a list of examples of how different communities have used the Live 5-2-1-0 resources they have downloaded from this website:
- “Colouring page for the waiting room in the health unit where children come to have vaccines.” (Vancouver Island community)
- “I am a physician and I will be speaking to children at a school about healthy habits.” (Lower Mainland community)
- “As a Public Health Nurse, I have direct contact with schools through classroom education sessions and updating the bulletin boards. I would love to share this when I teach on the Live 5210 topic at our school health fairs. Thank You!” (Interior Health community)
- “We are putting together a patient information handout for a pediatric patient in [Non-BC Community Name]. and think that this program will be an easily understood and implemented plan for many of our patients.” (Outside of BC)
- “I am a 4th year nursing student who is currently placed at a family resource center for my community health clinical rotation. I will be using your resources to teach parents and their children (0-6 years old) the benefits of being outdoors, as well as importance of physical activities.” (Fraser Valley community)
- “I will use these during private practice setting nutritional counseling sessions to help children with weight loss and healthy eating.” (Outside of BC)
- “We will be highlighting 5-2-1-0 at our community Health Fair Nov 1. In the meantime, I want all of my Pharmacy Staff to be aware of the project.” (Fraser Valley community)
- “Currently implementing the regional childhood obesity prevention strategy in [International Community Name]. We have a steering group set up to tackle childhood obesity, the group is represented by education, health, Maori health, non-governmental organizations and more. These resources will be valuable to inform our communication and engagement with our communities.” (Outside of BC)
- “I’m a counselor for children who’ve witnessed abuse in [Community Name]. I frequently talk to kids about making healthy choices, and this is such a simple guide for children and their families.” (Northern community)
- “[Post-Secondary Institution] nursing students putting together a presentation/workshop on Live 5-2-1-0 for pregnant moms using Options, Healthiest Babies Possible.” (Fraser Valley community)
- “I am a family physician in [Community Name]. I am putting the poster and weekly tips in my clinic, next to the kids play area.” (Interior community)
- “We are putting them on our computers as screen savers in the exam rooms to change things up a bit and eliminate the posters that people have been seeing for a while.” (Interior community)
- “I am Public Health Nurse/Program Leader in [Community Name] with [Health Authority Name]. I plan to bring these resources to our regional leaders team to seek endorsement to use these great resources in our Child Health Clinics (immunization clinics). I also hope to promote Live 5-2-1-0 through our outreach programs in the community.” (Vancouver Coastal community)
- “[Name] here from Doctors of BC! We use the Live 5-2-1-0 messaging as part of our Be Active Every Day campaign, I’m checking out some of the new resources.” (Vancouver Coastal community)
- “I am a public health nurse and plan on making my office bulletin board about screen time for April.” (Interior community)
- “I’m a Nurse Practitioner in a First Nations community [Non-BC Community]. Our health centre is fortunate to have a large multidisciplinary team. We provide care to a large community (5000+) which include many, many young children and families. Many parents are concerned and requesting help to keep their children healthy. I hope to use these resources as an aid to meet this goal.” (Outside of BC community)
- “Hoping to review and if appropriate, place visual material on walls in clinic to use as conversation starters in practice with families. Our population served struggle with barriers to food security and face structural discrimination, so curious to review material to see how acceptable messages are for the families we work with.” (Lower Mainland community)
How are healthcare providers supporting Live 5-2-1-0?
The following is a list of examples of how stakeholders in different communities have implemented action in their sector to support Live 5-2-1-0:
- Healthcare providers in the Fraser Health region share the Live 5-2-1-0 message through posters in doctors’ offices and hospitals, information pamphlets at pre- and post-natal clinics, at one-year vaccination appointments, and during routine visits.
- Chilliwack collaborated with their Division of Family Practice to develop a Family Physician Toolkit that included tips and resources on Live 5-2-1-0 for physicians, who then share that information with the patients and families they see in their clinics.
- Public health nurses involved with Fraser Health’s Healthy Schools Program work with local school districts and individual focus schools to promote wellness and empower children and youth in their health. In addition to distributing Live 5-2-1-0 resources, they also integrate the Live 5-2-1-0 message into their presentations given to students.
- Healthcare providers in some ambulatory clinics at BC Children’s Hospital use Live 5-2-1-0 messaging and resources to support their pediatric patients in managing conditions or recovery following treatment.
- Each year, the Doctors of BC’s annual month-long Be Active Every Day (BAED) event has doctors and residents visiting local elementary schools to challenge students to be active for at least 60 minutes every day. For the past several years, the Live 5-2-1-0 message has been integrated into the BAED event through doctors’ presentations, event materials, and promotional marketing.