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Weight Management in Children - 5210 Tools


5210 offers health practitioners an approach to conversations about weight management and lifestyle changes with family/whānau and their children.  

The following tools have been developed to provide brief advice, and/or consideration for further interventions:

5210 Healthy Habits Questionnaire


Healthy Habits Questionnaire

A tool to support practitioners initiate conversations with parents/caregivers about their child’s screen time, activity, sleep, and food and sugary drink intake

5210 Goal Tracker for tamariki/children


Goal Tracker for tamariki/children

A tool to support children and families to set goals around the 5210 key messages.
Suitable for children up to 10-12 years.


5210 Goal Tracker for rangatahi/young adults


Goal Tracker for rangatahi/young adults

A tool to support young adults to set goals around the 5210 key messages.
Suitable for 10-12 years+.


5210 Having a Conversation


Having a Conversation

A guide for practitioners to use alongside the Healthy Habits Questionnaire


  • Promotes a shared, consistent message across a community and engages stakeholders in every sector;
  • Doesn’t replace other local efforts and programs – it offers a common, over-arching message that helps to tie them together across the community;
  • Mobilises local action across multiple settings which means that children will hear one consistent, clear message and be supported in living that message wherever they go in the community, for example; swimming pools, early childhood education services, schools, general practice, B4SC, marae, and churches;
  • Whether you are a B4SC nurse, parent, grandparent or caregiver, a doctor, practice nurse, teacher, business owner, community service provider or part of local government - we all play an important part of making the community a healthier place for all children. 

The importance of the 5210 message is raising awareness and providing a call to action.  Sharing the same, consistent message raises awareness, however supporting the message through preventative efforts and action (by making changes to practices, policies and environments so it is easier for children, family/whānau to live the message) is also necessary. 

These 5210 tools are adapted from SCOPE’s Live 5-2-1-0. The messages in the tools are evidence-based, originating from the Childhood Obesity: Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Expert Committee,* and endorsed by the Canadian Pediatric Society.  Consent has been granted by SCOPE to locally adapt resources and messaging in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Board areas.  Recommendations within the content that has been locally adapted align with Ministry of Health recommendations and guidelines.    

* Barlow SE and the Expert Committee. Expert committee recommendations regarding the prevention, assessment, and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity: summary report. Pediatrics 2007;120 Supplement December 2007:S164—S192. (See particularly ‘Prevention Recommendations: Patient-Level Interventions’, pS189).

Last updated : Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Next review date : Thursday, June 20,2019

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