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 How our school-aged kids spend their summers matters


a great deal, and the reality of what they are choosing to do with their time is disheartening. The American Academy of Pediatrics found that kids spend an average of seven hours a day engrossed with television, computers, phones and other electronic devices. Unless their media of choice is playing a fitness game or app, time in front of a screen is sedentary. Unfortunately, heavy screen time is not simply an issue with our teens; kids of all ages have a hard time shutting down electronic media. A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that 68 percent of children under the age of two spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen. This crisis of physical inactivity


has contributed to rising rates of childhood obesity for the past


several decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that by 2014, 17 percent of youth in the U.S. were obese — that’s nearly two out of every ten children! As kids gain unhealthy amounts of weight, they become at risk for troubling health concerns such as:


 High blood pressure. High cholesterol.  Pre-diabetes.  Bone and joint problems.  Sleep apnea.  Asthma.  Arthritis.  Depression.


 Poor self-esteem. Obesity, however, is not the


only health issue that arises from inactivity and screen time. In 2010, Pediatrics published


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