Six Guam elementary schools are celebrating the creation and implementation of giant physical activity game boards to encourage healthy lifestyles in youth. These colorful and educational game boards were created by the University of Guam through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed).
SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and was implemented for the first time on Guam in 2015 through the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), the State Agency for Guam, and the University of Guam’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences (UOG-CNAS), the Implementing Agency.
5-2-1-Almost None aims to help children by promoting clear and consistent healthy messages regarding physical activity and healthy eating. “5” stands for 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, “2” stands for 2 hours or less of screen time a day, “1” stands for 1 hour of physical activity a day, and “Almost None” is for getting almost no sugar-sweetened beverages a day.
The goal of SNAP-Ed and the 5-2-1-Almost None campaign is to influence policies and practices that promote child health, and leverage community strengths and resources to have the greatest impact on the most children. “We completed the 5-2-1-Almost None activity game board in each 5-2-1-Almost None elementary school (listed below) from April to August 2017, with the assistance from various community partners, including the Agat Mayor’s Office, C.U. Holdings, Inc., TakeCare Insurance Company, and the Ordot-Chalan Pago Mayor’s Office. We are conducting a ribbon cutting to officially open the game boards for use by students in each school,” said Rynette Perez, the SNAP-Ed Assistant Coordinator. Ribbon cutting will kick off on Wednesday, October 25th, at Marcial A. Sablan Elementary School at 1:30pm. Additional ceremonies at all other 5-2-1-Almost None elementary schools will follow.
SNAP-Ed focuses on obesity prevention in addition to nutrition education using individual and group-based strategies, comprehensive multi-level interventions, and/or community and public health approaches that are evidenced-based. This involves National, State, and local coordination and collaboration.
5-2-1-Almost None Elementary Schools:
- Marcial A. Sablan Elementary School
- Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School – Ribbon Cutting on Friday, November 3rd at 2:00pm
- U. Lujan Elementary School
- L. Perez Elementary School
- Harry S. Truman Elementary School