The YMCA, Learn, Grow, Thrive

Y5210: A Healthy Choices Program

Healthy Living Starts at the Y


At the Y, we are committed to helping kids, and their families, get healthier. Y5210 was developed to encourage children to make healthy choices in order to decrease their risk of obesity and improve their health.


The Y5210 program recommends that each day people should have at least:


    • 5 servings of fruits or vegetables
    • 2 hours or less of "screen time" (watching TV, playing video games, or on the computer)
    • 1 hour or more of physical activity
    • 0 sugar-sweetened drinks


Recommendations for these focus areas come from the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Research shows that:


  • 5 - 25% of kid's calories come from snacking. Increasing fruit and vegetables consumption at snack time helps to create healthier behaviors.
  • 2 - watching 4+ hours of TV per day increases your risk of obesity by 21.5%.
  • 1 - 33% of American kids are overweight or obese.  Physical activity will help decrease this number.
  • 0 - drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can add 25 pounds over the course of a year.


For more information on Y5210 in the classroom, please contact Lee Walraven, Director of Healthy Living at or 608-519-9913.