The 5-2-1-0 Challenge promotes:
- increasing fruits and vegetables consumption to five servings or more a day
- reducing leisure screen time to 2 hours or less daily
- increasing physical activity to 1 hour a daily
- eliminating sugar sweetened beverages
The 5-2-1-0 in 30 Challenge initiated and further developed by local health professionals to include a self-monitoring tool (The Goal Tracker) to assist participants with adoption of lifestyle change over an initial period of 30 days.
There is good evidence that the addition of "tracking" or self-monitoring as adopted in the 5-2-1-0 30-Day Challenge substantially increases weight loss success (Journal of American Dietetic Assoc. 2011, Annual Review of Nutrition 2001, Annals of Internal Medicine 2005). This statement is supported by information in the American Dietetic Association Evidence Library which notes there is good evidence supporting self monitoring in adult weight management. Furthermore, there is consensus in the pediatric arena for use of self monitoring as a component of programs treating pediatric overweight and obesity (American Dietetic Assoc. 2003).