Tallahassee Gets New Numbers: 95210

By: Eyewitness News, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News, Lanetra Bennett Email

Updated by Lanetra Bennett - April 11, 2012 - 5:42pm

Staying healthy is as easy as 9-5-2-1-0. That's what educators and local organizations explained to kids.

Tallahassee resident Jennifer D'Urso says as soon as her first grade daughter heard the numbers 95210, it stuck in her head.

And that's the point.. Local leaders say the 95210 health initiative is easy to memorize and easy to do.

Community partners launched the program Wednesday at Conley Elementary School.

First grader Lily D'Urso says, "Nine stands for nine hours of sleep a day."

Five is for fruits and vegetables; a two hour limit for TV and computer time; one hour of physical activity; and zero sugary drinks and tobacco.

Jennifer D'Urso says, "She [Lily] came home and started saying, mom, I don't think we're getting our nine hours of sleep. When we went to dinner, she said ooh, there's extra fruit so it'll help me with my five. It really kind of emphasized to me as the parent, it reminds me, okay, I got to stay on point with what I'm modeling."

Homer Rice, RS, MPH, the Leon County Health Department Administrator, says, "Controlling that weight is going to help us to control some of those chronic diseases that we have issues with like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cardiac disease."

For a creative way to make 95210 even easier to remember, students at Conley have a song that goes to the tune of "Bingo." It goes, "9-5-2-1-0, 9-5-2-1-0, 9-5-2-1-0, and healthy is our name-o!"

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Tallahassee, Florida - April 11, 2012

The City of Tallahassee, Leon County, Leon County Schools, Leon County Health Department, Whole Child Leon, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Foundation for Leon County Schools, Premier Fitness and other local partners today announced a new community wellness and nutrition initiative. 95210: Health by the Numbers aims to increase awareness about the benefits of making healthy choices.

95210: Health by the Numbers is based on proven themes, used by other American communities, to promote the key elements of healthy living. Each number represents a different health tenet:

9 Hours of Sleep Per Day
5 Fruits and Vegetables Per Day
2 Hour Limit for Leisure Screen Time (e.g., TV, video games and iPads)
1 Hour of Activity
0 Sugary Drinks and Tobacco

“Here in Tallahassee we want to spread the word about 95210,” said Tallahassee Mayor John Marks. “The items it highlights are not fads. These tenets are easy, proven, research-supported lifestyle choices each individual can make to live a longer, healthier life.”

“On behalf of the many agencies and organizations who have been working hard to positively impact the health of our community, we greatly appreciate Mayor Marks and his staff for embracing our efforts collectively and spearheading a community-wide initiative,” said Courtney Atkins, Executive Director of Whole Child Leon.

To help spread the message, a website, www.HealthByTheNumbers.us, was launched to provide a one-stop resource for Tallahassee residents. The website features information on healthy choices, resources to help you lead a healthier lifestyle and a calendar featuring local health and wellness events.

For the next six months, starting in May, each tenet will be the focus of its own month-long campaign, including special events centered on the tenet. In addition, community leaders and local elected officials will adopt a number they identify with to champion during its designated month.

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The City of Tallahassee, Leon County, Leon County Health Department, Whole Child Leon, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Premier Fitness and other local partners will announce a new community wellness initiative. 95210: Health by the Numbers aims to increase awareness about the benefits of making healthy choices. 95210 is a proven message, used by other American communities, to promote the key elements of healthy living.

At the event will be Tallahassee Mayor John Marks; Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons; Leon County Commission Vice Chair Nick Maddox; Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier; Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy; City Commissioner Nancy Miller; Dr. Homer Rice, Leon County Health Department Administrator; other elected and appointed officials; community leaders; and schoolchildren of Conley Elementary School.

The event is taking place on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Conley Elementary School, 2400 Orange Ave. E.

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  • by Jess on Apr 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
    So now they are indoctrinating kids to think Coke and Pepsi are equal to cigarettes.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    People are not sleeping because they are worried about working and paying bills Hey Launch an initiave that grants us all a decent job maybe well all sleep better otherwise stay out of my business and quit wasting peoples time with stupid studies
  • by DG Location: Tallahassee on Apr 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    Amanda, so true. Anonymous and Lucy, I don't think they are saying you need 9 hours sleep, children need 9 hours sleep. George and RF, ?? wow, not worth my time.
  • by JEEZ on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    Why didnt they just turn it into a rap song, that should work
  • by Dang Shame on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    It is a dang shame Marks had to get involved in this. I initially thought what a great idea! Right up until I read his name. At that point I stopped reading and clicked on the comment button. Bet you $5.00 I'm not the only one that stopped reading at that point. What a dang shame.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    Have the folks at City Hall, County Courthouse and the School Board have nothing constructive to do?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to Jim
      Obviously you don't :)
  • by Amanda Location: Here and now on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    I think they are trying to make sure that it reaches ALL children! Not every child grows up in a home that promotes healthy ideas. I completely support this idea! Do I believe that the government is trying to control us? No. Everyone relies on how fast they can get something. Oooh, McDonalds "they have the dollar menu!" Of course it's easier to drink a soda over water, it tastes better. If we had to go back to when we had to grow our own veggies, and slaughter our own meat. We would be a much better society. No extra hormones and such. No one is saying they are forcing us, it's only a guidline.
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      by Jess on Apr 11, 2012 at 08:46 PM in reply to Amanda
      Government raised kids has really been working out well for us the past 40 years hasn't it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    I work fulltime, attend graduate school fulltime and raise a family fulltime. I do not receive any government assistance. Where is this nine hours of sleep you speak of?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:16 PM in reply to
      so you want a free handout is what you are saying?
  • by Dee on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    Wow, a govt. initiative. Funny, my parents taught me all those things quite a while ago. What about that!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:17 PM in reply to Dee
      unfortunately there are many out there that were not taught and some that were and just refuse to do it because they can't resist eating that quarter pounder with cheese everyday and drinking their sodas, then wonder why they are fat and can't loose weight or have health issues.
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      by Celery on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to Dee
      @Dee Did you read the story? Can you point out where it says "government initiative?" I read community initiative, which the government supports. What's wrong with that?
      • reply
        by Jess on Apr 11, 2012 at 08:44 PM in reply to Celery
        Given it is backed by several agencies including the health dept, it is clearly government. Plus, you can bank on the money coming from the Feds.
  • by RF Location: Tallahassee on Apr 11, 2012 at 09:58 AM
    Won't be long until they start forcing it by law. Obamacare is coming, watch out...Next they will be monitoring our purchases at the grocery store, putting timers on our TV's and computers, forcing mandatory lights out and curfews...get rid of liberals/socialists in government.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM in reply to RF
      Paranoid much? Jesus H. Christ, no wonder you people are becoming more and more of a joke.
      • reply
        by JEEZ on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to
        our jokes are about you, we laugh alot and we will laugh more when reality hits you in the face.
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        by Agree on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM in reply to
        No kidding. Hey RF, guess what? Your store purchases are already being monitored and your data sold to the highest bidder. What say you?
    • reply
      by Kevin aka Reality on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:42 PM in reply to RF
      Yes , as long as someone pays taxes and obeys civil law ..then what friggin business is it of "Big Brothers" what I do in my own time?
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