Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Power Off and PlayPower Off and Play!

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge implemented it’s fourth theme, Power Off and Play! from January 2018-September 2018. This theme encouraged kids and families to build a balanced day that is not filled with screen time.

‘Screen time’ is time spent using a screen-based device, such as a smart phone, tablet, computer or TV. Not all screen time is unhealthy. Screens can offer an important way to learn and communicate at school and at work. However, a lot of the recreational use of screens has people sitting or lying down. This is called sedentary screen time and many children are getting too much of it. Let’s encourage kids to power off devices and play!

Why should we choose to power off and play?

Screen time affects many aspects of children’s health. While research is still emerging, it’s suggested that higher screen time can be linked to:

What are the screen time recommendations for children?

The current screen time recommendations for children 0 – 17 years old are as follows:

What was planned locally?

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward had lots of great initiatives planned to encourage kids and their families to power off and play, these initiatives include:

Please refer to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Resource Page for fact sheets, posters, and more related to our current theme, Power Off and Play!

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