Two recent studies once again recommend that television and screen time should be limited for all children. Pediatrics recently published research on Vitamin D deficiencies in children. Over 6,000 children were studied with 9% being Vitamin D deficient and 61% being Vitamin D insufficient. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of bone and heart disease. Children should consume foods/drinks high in vitamin D such as milk and fish. In addition, some children should take vitamin D supplements. The researchers recommend that children turn off the TV and go outside at least 15-20 minutes a day.
Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine published research indicating that certain sedentary activities in children (ages 3-8) resulted in an increased risk of high blood pressure. Television viewing and screen time, but not computer use, was associated with elevated blood pressure regardless of body composition.
Here are some fun ideas for outside play - Rock Smash or how about Put Out the Fire.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2009, August 3). Millions Of U.S. Children Low In Vitamin D. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 7, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/08/090803083633.htm
JAMA and Archives Journals (2009, August 4). TV And Computer Screen Time May Be Associated With High Blood Pressure In Young Children. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 7, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/08/090803173127.htm