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The Dangers of Prolonged Sitting

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In the most recent issue of Living Safety Magazine, Dr. Mark Tremblay (Director) and Travis Saunders (PhD candidate) are quoted in an article, “The Dangers of Prolonged Sitting.”

From the article:

According to the 2012 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity, Canadian kids are sedentary for 63 per cent of their free time after school and on weekends, even though 92 per cent of those surveyed said they would choose playing with friends over watching TV. Those in grades 6 to 12 are spending an average of seven hours and 48 minutes per day in front of screens.

So – what will it take to get kids to limit their screen time to two hours a day, when many nwo spend three or four times that amount of time sitting in front of a screen?

“We need to make a normative shift to progressively restore movement while reducing recreational screen time,” according to Mark Tremblay, director of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. “Obviously no one has figured out how, but we must pursue this challenge with vigor, resolve, creativity and persistence. At the same time we need to work with the screen industry to design creative solutions that will decrease sedentary behaviouirs in conjunction with screen use.”

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