The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is now on its fourth theme, Power Off and Play! This theme encourages 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!
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:
The current screen time recommendations for children 0 – 17 years old are as follows:
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward has lots of great initiatives planned to encourage kids and their families to power off and play, these initiatives include:
Further details coming soon! 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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