Remember the days when coming home from school meant throwing down your school bag, doing a quick U-turn to grab a snack, and then making a bee-line for your bike so you could join the other neighborhood kids tearing up the back streets?
Or summer vacation days when you’d be out from dusk ‘til dawn climbing trees, sliding down grassy hills on cardboard, running through sprinklers and throwing water bombs?
I know it’s clichéd thinking, but weren’t those days just the best when the only “devices” you got glued to were your bike or roller-skates?
Sorry to snap us out of that trip down memory lane, but the unfortunate fact is today our kids and teens are spending anything from 3 hours to more than 7 hours a day glued to a screen - between phones, tablets, computers, and video games.
This means for all the time spent on a screen, our kids are not being active.
But by adding just a few minutes a day to playtime or helping older kids reach new fitness goals, you can make a difference to the health of your family. Here’s how: