London Health Sciences: Knowledge Translation for Healthy Families

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Building capacity with tools and training to help families adopt healthier living

The Healthcare Provider (HCP) knowledge translation (KT) program was developed by London Health Sciences to help connect resources available through BC’s Live-5-2-1-0, a healthy living program, with urban and rural communities in Western Ontario.


This project is a collaboration between BC Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and the Family Health Teams of Western Ontario.

What is Live 5-2-1-0?

Advice on proper nutrition and physical activity can be confusing, and at times overwhelming. British Columbia’s Live 5-2-1-0 initiative simplifies this information into four simple guidelines that are easy to remember.

The message Live 5-2-1-0 stands for:

5: Enjoy – FIVE or more vegetables and fruits every day

2: Power down – No more than TWO hours of screen time a day

1: Play actively – at least ONE hour each day

0: Choose healthy – ZERO sugary drinks.

Live-5-2-1-0 is a virtual community portal that offers healthy living strategies for every sector of a community involved in children’s health.

Goals of the project

  • To empower and support Family Health Teams to engage more families in healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness behaviours to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.


Each toolkit item has been developed and tested locally, and shared with other Family Health Teams, who then can pick and choose the types of programs or interventions for their communities unique needs.

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Image Credit: World Obesity Federation

Accomplishments and Milestones

  • London Health Sciences Centre adapted Live 5-2-1-0 for families in urban and rural communities.
  • Family Health Teams around London were trained to use the messaging and tools in the Live 5-2-1-0 program
  • 18 Family Health Teams in 4 regions have now added the program into their clinical practices.