It's summer vacation and more free time means more time for
video games, television and the Internet. But sedentary behavior
(such as whiling away hours watching SpongeBob and Tom and Jerry
reruns or posting notes on MySpace) has been proven to be a huge
factor in the increase of childhood obesity. Not only are our
children not moving as they sit idle in front of the TV or computer
screen, but they're also being periodically bombarded with
advertising urging them that it's always a good time for a
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one
to two hours of quality TV and videos (or video games) a day for
older children and no screen time for children under age 2.
Make it a family goal this summer to decrease screen time (this
includes Facebook- and game-addicted moms and dads).
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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