Primary Care Team

For the past several years, the Primary Care Team has focused on preventing and reducing childhood obesity through the 5-2-1-0 prescription program. This program aims to provide simple steps towards achieving and maintaining a healthy weight among children by developing healthy habits that will last a lifetime.


  • A total of 27 pediatric providers, including pediatricians and pediatric ARNPs participated, representing 3 practices across Polk County.
  • A total of 1,587 prescriptions were disseminated and 3,841 goals were selected by patients.
  • The most popular goal selected was eating 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day.
    • This goal was selected 1,051 times.
  • The least popular goal selected was 2 hours or less of recreational screen time each day.
    • This goal was selected 890 times.



The 2018-2019 school year was the first year of implementing the 5-2-1-0 prescription tool into the ARNP curriculum at Florida Southern College.  The goal is for students to utilize the tool with pediatric patients during practicum rotations and discuss use of the 5-2-1-0 prescription with their primary care preceptors.

In the fall of 2018, the Team hosted a forum on Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids for Florida Southern students, emphasizing the local resources and programs that are available to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy habits. Team Co Chairs made additional presentations at the beginning of each semester with students who would be using the prescription tool in their clinical rotations.

In the spring of 2019, the Team was contacted by a Florida Southern ARNP student who was completing a clinical rotation at a local pediatric office. She had been using the 5-2-1-0 prescription tool in her rotation and shared the idea with the other providers at the office, who expressed interest in participating. The Team visited the office to introduce the program to the providers and distribute the 5-2-1-0 toolkits. This additional practice has now been added to the Team’s data collection as a fourth participating partner. 


The 5210 Prescription for Healthy Habits gives the child the choice as to what healthy habit they want to commit to. They have the everyday healthy habit choice of eating at least 5 fruits or vegitables, reduce screen time to 2 hours or less. Get 1 hour of physical activity, or consume 0 sugary drinks. This program allows health providers to conversate with children and their parents about the importance of living a healthy lifestye.