Dr. Val Carson from the University of Alberta, who is an Affiliate Investigator with the HALO Research Group, had her research recently profiled in the news.
The story, “Early University of Alberta research shows kids’ activity can neutralize effects of screen time,” ran on the front page of the Edmonton Journal last Wednesday.
From the story:
MostÂ studies into the impact ofÂ watching TV or usingÂ electronic toys and apps haveÂ determinedÂ time spent in front of screensÂ doesnâ€™tÂ help brain development of pre-schoolersÂ and might hurt it,Â Â physical educationÂ and recreation assistant professor Valerie Carson said Wednesday.
On the other hand, the vast majority of studies show physical activity helps youngsters develop in such areas as memory, the ability to regulate emotions, and language, Carson said.
â€śA lot of parents use the screens because they think it will help (kids)Â prepare better for school. The research isnâ€™t matching up with the marketing thatâ€™s out there,â€ť she said.
â€śItâ€™s important to remember that our body is connected to our brain. When weâ€™re active and weâ€™re moving, that feeds our brain. Physical activity has so many benefits.â€ť
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Other media outlets also ran a story on Dr. Carson’s research:
- Global – globalnews.ca/video/2376969/edmonton-health-matters-dec-2
- CBC TV –Â www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/reading-and-exercise-promote-brain-development-a-new-study-shows-1.3347943
- Metro Edmonton –Â www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2015/12/02/u-of-a-researchers-say-screen-time-not-good-for-children.html
- Edmonton Sun –www.edmontonsun.com/2015/12/02/university-of-alberta-researchers-say-the-more-kids-exercise-the-better-the-brain