Friday, April 29, 2016

Public health reminds parents to Turn off the TV and Play together as a family.

Research shows too much “screen time” with television, video games, cell phones and other devices can lead to obesity and other health problems. TV advertising is loaded with commercials for sugary cereals, high-sugar energy drinks, candy, fast food and processed meals.

To stay healthy, turn off the TV and play together as a family.
  • Allow no screen time for children under 2 years.
  • Limit screen time for children 2 years and older to 2 hours a day. 
  • Make your children’s rooms “no screen zones” - they’ll sleep better. 
  • Turn off the TV when no one is watching it. 
Ever since they could toddle, your children followed you. To limit their screen time, be a role model.
  • If they see you with your face buried in a screen all day, they will do the same. 
  • If they see you turn off the screen and pick up a book, listen to music or go outside to play, they will do the same.
Try out some Healthier snacks

Banana Bobs
  • 2 bananas cut into ½ inch slices
  • ¼ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oat and honey granola cereal 
How to make:
  1. Place the sliced banana pieces on plate.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt onto the plate.
  3. Place the tablespoons of granola cereal onto the plate.
  4. Use fork to pick up a slice of banana and dip into the yogurt, then into the cereal. 
** Try different flavors of yogurt.

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