The holiday season is upon us and with it brings the joy of family, food and fun. Holidays don’t necessarily have to mean taking a break from healthy lifestyles. First 5 Contra Costa, along with the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers the following tips on how to keep the holidays as healthy as they are happy.
Having healthy holidays begins by staying active, no matter what the circumstances.
- Spend quality time with family and friends by exercising together. Go with your family on a walk in the park or around the neighborhood. Make your walk festive by looking at holiday lights. If weather is a factor, try walking indoors at a shopping center or simply around your home.
- Make exercise fun with your kids by playing active games like freeze tag, leap frog and hide-and-seek.
- Limit time spent in front of the television (babies and toddlers should not watch any TV, preschoolers should not watch more than two hours daily).
Last month the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first statement on young children and screen time since 1999. Once again, the AAP has stated that children birth to two years should not watch television or have any screen time at all.
But unlike previous statements, the AAP is now discouraging the use of background television intended for adults when a young child is in the room. The AAP states, “This updated policy statement provides further evidence that media — both foreground and background — have potentially negative effects and no known positive effects for children younger than two years.” Continue reading