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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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