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Limit Screen Time 

Spending too much time in front of a screen - TV, computer, phone, or tablet - is linked with decreased physical activity, weight gain, and unhealthy eating habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children to less than 2 hours each day.

Being physically active has many health benefits - it can help you live longer, sleep well at night, have stronger muscles and bones, stay at a healthy weight, decrease chances of becoming depressed, and more.

Pediatricians and other experts recommend that children be active for 60 minutes each day, and adults should try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

 

Why?

  • When we're in front of a television or computer, our bodies are not staying active. Limiting screen time helps children and adults stay more active and promotes more social activity time with friends and family.

Tips 

  • When home, try doing fun activities with the whole family instead of watching TV/sitting at the computer. Try dancing, taking walks, drawing and doing crafts, and playing cards or other board games.

  • Turn off the TV during meals.

  • Read with your children or encourage them to read by themselves or with their siblings.

  • Don't take your phone or computer to bed with you.

 

Resources  

  • Check out more healthy living tips from Maimonides here.

 

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