5-2-1 Almost None

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5-2-1 Almost None is a consistent way to talk about healthy habits and healthy places that support healthy weight children and families.  Kids and families can set goals to practice the 4 healthy habits in this message.  Organizations can change their work spaces and practices to make these healthy habits easier for their employees and the people — often children and families — that they serve.

We all have a role to play in using and promoting this message. Everyone — from the public health and medical communities to schools and child care facilities to families and faith based communities to government agencies, businesses, and parks and recreation — can fit this simple and easy message into your life and the way you do business.  The message, logo, and the tools and information on this site are free and available for use by any individual or group with an interest in promoting healthy living.  Please check the guidelines below for more details.

This message was identified in 2011 by the policy committee of the WNC Healthy Kids coalition and adopted by a broad, diverse group of stakeholders from across Western North Carolina.  Partners critical in the development of the message include WNC Health Network, NC Center for Health and Wellness at UNCA, Macon County Public Health, Buncombe County Department of Health,  and YES! Other partners who have been key in the development of 5-2-1 Almost None materials and content for this website include Pioneering Healthier Communities of the YMCA of Western North Carolina, YWCA of Asheville, Wellspring Academies, Community Care of WNC, MAHEC, Asheville NC Area Chamber of Commerce, ABYSA, and the United Way of Asheville.

WNCHK_LOGO color finalWNC Healthy Kids supports 5-2-1 Almost None by working with partners throughout the region to communicate the message and create supporting tools and materials (including this website) with financial support from The Duke Endowment.

WNC Health Network logoWNC Healthy Kids is a program of WNC Health Network, an alliance of hospitals in western North Carolina working together and with partners to improve health and health care.

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Logos & Use

Want to use the 5-2-1 Almost None logo and print materials to promote healthy living in the places you live, work, play, or pray? Read the Guidelines for Use:

  • Any use of 5-2-1 Almost None graphics must comply with the Branding Guidelines. These are currently in development, but for particular case use, please Contact Us.
  • The 5-2-1 Almost None logo may not be used to endorse any commercial product or service.
  • The 5-2-1 Almost None logo may not be used to solicit funds or other contributions of monetary value.
  • The 5-2-1 Almost None logo may not be used in any manner that could give rise to the appearance of such endorsement or solicitation; EXCEPT
  • The 5-2-1 Almost None logo may be used for informational, educational and historical purposes in connection with programs that promote the 5-2-1 Almost None message. Any other uses are unauthorized.

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Individual-level Evidence:  Parents exhibit disconnect between knowledge and confidence to  make changes.  5-2-1 Almost None introduced in a clinical setting yielded increased confidence with identified, targeted behaviors.  [Campbell, M., Benton, J., & Werek, L. (2009). 5-2-1 Almost None:  Parents’ perceptions of changing health-related behaviors in their obese child.  The Permanente Journal, 14(3).]

Community-level Evidence:  Parents reporting exposure to message and programming/policies in three or more settings were more likely to correctly state the individual behavior recommendations (59%) than those with no exposure (39%). [Practice-based evidence, Let’s Go! Maine, 2011].

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