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Sedentary lifestyles and too much screen time affect children’s wellbeing

 

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Sedentary lifestyles and too much screen time affect children’s wellbeing

Too much time in front of screens – including TV and computer games – combined with a sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll on our children’s wellbeing and increasing their anxiety, according to a new Public Health England briefing paper.

The paper, entitled How Healthy Behaviour Supports Children’s Wellbeing, identifies a link between children’s screen time and lower levels of wellbeing.

The briefing paper is released as a new Change4Life campaign encourages families to use the back to school period to adopt healthier behaviours – one of which is reducing children’s screen time. Called Smart Restart, the campaign suggests five changes for families to make for the next six weeks to half term, including reducing screen time, eating healthier lunches and being more active.