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Danbury school unveils 'wellness' mural

Morris Street School in Danbury has unveiled the "Go! 5-2-1-0 Wellness" message through a mural in the cafeteria.  It's a reminder to Eat 5 fruits and vegetables daily; 2 hours or less of screen time; 1 hour of play every day and 0 intake of sugar-sweetened beverages.  This Wellness Message was initially adopted in 2011 with support from the United Way of Western Connecticut.  Regional YMCA Director of Community Wellness Maureen Farrell says the message has helped to decrease soda consumption in elementary school children and juice consumption with preschoolers The Anthem  Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation provided $25,000 in grant funding to spread the message.  To kick off a year of active living, children and families have taken a health pledge to eat more fruits and veggies, choose water first and put down the screens to go outside and play.

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