Resources for Healthy Children

Healthy Habits for Kids: the 5-2-1-0 Model

These AcornDreams resources reflect the 5-2-1-0 model recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  This simple framework encourages young children  to eat 5 fruits and vegetables,  spend 2 hours (or less) in front of TV or other screens, play in active ways for 1 hour (or more), and drink 0 sugary drinks – every day.  The Healthy Al, Healthy Me curriculum teaches this model in seven 10-minute, lively lessons, and the Al’s Healthy Choices book teaches these concepts using simple language, interactive text, featuring puppet pal Al.


Fun Learning Activities for Young Children

The following activity sheets, games, and other teaching tools can be downloaded and printed to teach young children the healthy habits that make up the 5-2-1-0 model.  Print  “My Fruit Salad” using a landscape orientation setting on the printer.  All other documents will print in the default portrait setting.

Healthy Al, Healthy Me Celebration Resources

Each year, there is a Healthy Al, Healthy Me Day, but these resources can be used ANYTIME. It’s a chance to highlight the importance of teaching young children to eat healthy foods and be active. Use any or all of the fun learning activities above, invite families or community members, and showcase your commitment to teaching young children the healthy habits.  Many of the printable flyers, invitations, and party materials can be customized to include your information.

Party Planning Guide

  • Party Planning Guide step-by-step outline for planning and holding a Healthy Al, Healthy Me Celebration.

Announcements, Invitations, Flyers, and Press Release


  • See the 5-2-1-0 Activities above



Family Involvement Notes

Simple and to-the-point, these  reproducible notes reach out to families with important information for supporting young children’s healthy development.  Each note offers basic information about one specific 5-2-1-0 topic – like limiting children’s screen time – along with practical suggestions for today’s busy families.