Limit Screen Time and Increase Play Time for Healthier Kids
Doctors advise that daily lifestyle goals for children ages 8 to 11 include at least an hour of physical activity, 9 to 11 hours of sleep, and no more than two hours of screen time. Unfortunately, in a nationwide study of 4,520 children, just 18 percent met the guideline for physical activity, 51 percent met the recommendation for sleep, and 37 percent met the screen-time goal. Only 5 percent met all three. The study also found that the children who met the recommendations, especially the ones regarding screen time and sleep, scored better on tests of language ability, memory, attention, decision-making, and reaction speed. Parents, it’s important to limit your children’s screen time and keep them to a regular sleep schedule.
Source: The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, published online Sept. 26, 2018