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20 ways to cut down on screen time

Posted on Jul. 12, 2013 ( comments)
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Limiting screen time can be difficult. By now, you know that too much screen time (TVs, video games, tablets, computers, smart phones, etc.) is unhealthy, but what can you do instead? Here are 20 ideas to get you started.

20 Indoor Activities

1. Read a book

2. Draw or color a picture

3. Play a board game

4. Play charades

5. Work on a puzzle

6. Make cards for upcoming holidays

7. Write a letter to a friend or relative

8. Dance to your favorite music

9. Play a card game

10. Help your family make a meal

11. Have story time

12. Play dress up

13. Sing songs

14. Make shadow puppets on the wall

15. Have a friend over to play

16. Build a fort out of pillows and blankets

17. Organize your room

18. Look up and observe the stars at night

19. Stretch

20. Help your brother or sister with homework

Ready, Set, Go! 5210 is a community-based initiative in Pierce County to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families. Healthy choices are easier to make in a healthy environment with access to healthy foods and physical activity. Ready, Set, Go! aims to improve health in Pierce County by making healthy changes where people live, learn, work, and play. The primary target of Ready, Set, Go! is children and youth from birth to 18 years old, but everyone can benefit from the 5-2-1-0 message.

  • Aim for 5 servings of fruits & vegetables every day
  • Aim for 2 or less hours of recreational screen time every day
  • Aim for 1 hour or more of physical activity every day
  • Aim for 0 drinks with added sugar every day

About The Author

Kristin Kucklick, Health Educator, 5210 Programs
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