The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative is pleased to announce a new infographic on physical activity: Screen Time vs. Lean Time.Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the last 30 years. Today, about one in six children is obese. According to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the time kids spend in front of a screen for entertainment has increased by an hour and 17 minutes since 2004. The number of ways that kids can use a screen has also increased with the proliferation of smart phones, portable DVD players, handheld entertainment consoles, and tablet computers.
This new infographic is intended to educate parents, caregivers, and those who interact with kids ages 8-18 about the surprising amounts of TV, video game, computer and other entertainment screen time that children are getting, and the opportunities for physical activity that they are missing out on. The infographic also provides tips for healthier activities and ways parents can limit screen time in the home.You can find the infographic online at: MakingHealthEasier.org/GetMoving. We encourage you to share it on your web site and Facebook page, as well as tweet about it. If you would like to adapt the infographic for other purposes (such as posters with your own and CDC's logo) and you need assistance, please contact Leslie Lewis.
While the release is being timed to support Screen-Free Week (April 30 to May 6), this infographic can be used any time of year to get families talking about physical activity. We would love your help promoting the important message that kids need less screen time and more physical activity!Please consider promoting and using this new information tool.