Healthy Tips from Our Nursing Department

Increased screen time has been identified as a contributing factor to children becoming less active and increasingly overweight.Early data from a landmark National Institutes of Health (NIH) study that began in 2018 indicates that children who spent more than two hours a day on screen-time activities scored lower on language and thinking tests, and some children with more than seven hours a day of screen time experienced thinning of the brain’s cortex, the area of the brain related to critical thinking and reasoning. Screen time also inhibit restful sleep. The blue light from the screen inhibits melatonin, which can delay sleep. Excessive screen time and sleep deprivation are linked to obesity, which can affect self-esteem and lead to social isolation and more screen time.

As adults it is easy for us to set limits on our screen time, but for young children it is harder to set those boundaries. Here are ways to help your child limit screen time: co watch whenever possible, keep bedtime, mealtime and family time screen free, limit your own phone usage, and emphasize the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise.