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Make Screen-time Active Time

Take This Action Commit to this action for yourself to help overcome the obesity epidemic.

When you spend time in front of the screen, do something active.

Make Screen Time = Active Time

  • Talk to Your Family. Explain to your kids that it's important to sit less and move more in order to stay at a healthy weight. Tell them they'll also have more energy, and it will help them develop and/or perfect new skills, such as riding a bike or shooting hoops, that could lead to more fun with friends. Tell them you'll do the same.
  • Be Active. While watching TV - do jumping jacks, march in place, or make a game that no-one can be seated during commercials.
  • Provide Other Options. Watching TV can become a habit, making it easy to forget what else is out there. Give your kids ideas and/or alternatives, such as playing outside, getting a new hobby, or learning a sport.
  • Plan Family Game Nights. Play board games, make crafts, or work on a puzzle.
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Sedentary time is associated with overweight and obesity and higher cardiovascular risks in children and adolescents.