One of the biggest challenges to being more physically active for many Americans is the amount of sedentary time children and families spend in front of screens—TV, computer, video games, DVDs, and such.
Did you know?
According to the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation's survey, "Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8–18 Year Olds," March 2005:
It's time to wean the screen
Parents and caregivers not only set the example for their children in their levels of physical activity, but they also set the rules for use of the TV and other screens, including DVDs, video games, and computers.
The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation survey, "Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8–18 Year Olds," also found that:
Setting and agreeing on a certain number of hours each day of "screen time" is important. Health experts recommend two hours or less a day that is not work- or homework-related time, such as watching documentary films or doing research or writing on a computer.
For tips on family-friendly and active ways to reduce screen time, visit the Live It section.
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