Sunday, April 27, 2008

TV Turnoff week April 21st-27th

"TV Turnoff week promotes the idea that limiting screen time and boosting physical activity can lead to healthier living, sponsored in part by the Center for Screen Time Awareness (CSTA) and We Can!, a science-based national education program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes the following recommendations for physical activity and tv watching time:

  • Limit TV viewing and video game playing to two hours a day
  • Boys should take a least 11,000 steps daily
  • Girls should take at least 13,000 steps a day
"Children not meeting the physical activity or exceeding the screen time recommendations were 3-4 times more likely to be overweight than those complying with both recommendations," Laurson says in a news release. Laurson is from an Iowa State Research Study.

There is continuous researching documenting links between the more screen time a child has, the more likely they are to be obese and not reaching daily exercise recommendations. Childhood obesity is linked to type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and asthma. All serious threats to a child's quality of life & lifespan.

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