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For most Americans, one of the biggest challenges to being morephysically active is the amount of time families spend in front ofa screen—TV, video games, and computers.
It's time to wean the screen. Setting and agreeing on a certainnumber of hours each day of "screen time" is important. Healthexperts recommend that screen time be limited to two hours or lessa day that is not work- or homework-related time, such as watchingdocumentary films, doing research, or writing on a computer.
We Can! Resources to Help Reduce Screen Time
To help families and communities reduce screen time, We Can! hasdeveloped a variety of useful, evidence-based materials andinformation.
We Can! Reduce Children's Screen Time Log: Atracking chart to help assess the amount of time children and otherfamily members spend watching TV, playing video games, or using thecomputer for recreational purposes. Downloadthe screen time log.
Short Articles: These "matte articles" are newsstories that are prewritten, with a graphic or photo included, andhave been distributed to newspapers nationwide. They are also greatfor newsletters and hand-outs.
More Screen Time Equals Less Activity Time: PDF
Less TV, Fewer Videos Help Keep Weight In Check: PDF
Menos TV y videos ayudan a mantener el peso (Spanish): PDF
Curricula and Programs: We Can! offers communitiesa youth curriculum on reducing screen time entitled Student MediaAwareness to Reduce Television, or, S.M.A.R.T. It helps motivatechildren to reduce their television watching and video gameusage.
We Can! also offers another media-related youth curricula,Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! This 10-lessoncurriculum focuses on helping young people ages 11 to 13 understandthe connections between media and health.
The We Can! Energize Our Families: Parent Program includes asession dedicated to helping parents reduce the screen time andincrease the physical activity levels of their families. During theParent Program, parents are introduced to youth screen timestatistics and learn how to use tools like the We Can! ReduceChildren’s Screen Time Log.
Audio News Release: This 60-second ANR is apre-packaged news story that We Can! sent to radio stations. KarenDonato, We Can! Coordinator, speaks about the importance ofreducing screen time.
Reducing Screen Time: MP3
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