Keep Fit as a Family

family beat the heat artilceEver wish your kids would stop staring at a screen and be more active? You’re not alone.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) estimates that today’s children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including television, computers, phones and other electronics. By contrast, AAP recommends one to two hours of screen time a day.

Here are six simple steps to get your kids unplugged and moving.

  1. Make a family media plan—a written set of rules and guidelines.Include specifics about time limits, device curfews, guidelines for information not to be accessed or shared on the Internet, as well as consequences for not following house rules.
  2. Keep all screens in public spaces and out of bedrooms. Set up an “overnight charging station,” where everyone’s mobile devices are docked for the night and out of reach.
  3. Be a role model. Set a good example by curbing your own screen-use time. Replace it with family activities or exercise.
  4. Encourage and get involved in physical activities the whole family can enjoy. Go ice skating, cross-country skiing or sledding, or visit a community center for a swim or cardio class.
  5. Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Venture out on a family hike, walk to a nearby park or go birdwatching.
  6. Teach your kids the nutritional value of food. Encourage healthy snacks and make sure your active family stays well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

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