One of our favorite day trips is the Indianapolis Zoo. We are excited that the zoo has partnered with the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and WFYI Public Media for the 5-2-1-0 Countdown to Health. Healthy eating and regular exercise are important for everyone — humans and animals alike. This fun and engaging wellness initiative focuses on families by offering them tips and tools, monthly prize drawings and other motivation to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. With an emphasis on helping parents and children establish good habits in nutrition and fitness — key components for a lifetime of good health — the free program highlights four easy-to-remember steps that participants can incorporate into their daily routines.
The tips are as simple as 5-2-1-0: Eat five or more fruits and/or vegetables daily by including one
serving at every meal and snack; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less each day, and
make the most of that time with interactive media to keep the brain active; enjoy one hour or
more of daily exercise by taking part in fun physical activities like swimming, playing ball, dancing
and more; and drink zero sugary beverages, opting instead for water and low-fat milk.
Participants who register online can find strategies for incorporating these healthy habits into
their day-to-day lives as well as a helpful form to track their progress. They will also be entered
into monthly drawings for special Zoo prize packs and other exclusive opportunities, including the
grand prize of a behind-the-scenes tour at the Zoo.
For even more inspiration, users can learn more about staying active and eating healthy from one
of the Zoo’s newest residents. Lucy is a 30-year-old female orangutan who was clinically obese
before she arrived at the Indianapolis Zoo. Through a balanced diet and frequent exercise, Lucy is
now at a healthy weight after losing nearly 100 pounds. In fact, zookeepers and animal
nutritionists help maintain the overall good health and wellness of all the Zoo’s animals by
providing a healthy diet and opportunities for daily exercise, which set a positive example for the
human participants in the 5-2-1-0 Countdown to Health.
For more information about the 5-2-1-0 Countdown to Health, visit www.wfyi.org/5210.
Located in White River State Park downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the Association
of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, aquarium and
botanical garden. The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and
globally, to advance animal conservation.