Hopefully NOT your tax dollars at work.
New Study – Boys need 13,000 steps per day, girls need 11,000.
Should we issue each child a pedometer? Or simply turn off the TV and send them outside? (Journal of Pediatrics – Text of actual study: Combined Influence of Physical Activity and Screen Time Recommendations on Childhood Overweight.)
However, on a more serious note:
The USA Today TV distraction article says one survey found that 14% of parents say the TV is ALWAYS on in their homes. Also: “recent surveys show that as many as two-thirds of children up to 6 years old live in homes where the TV is on at least half the time, even if no one is watching.”
(Being a nerd, I really like to find the actual sources for what I quote when I put an article in my blog. Since newspapers don’t always give the source, I resort to Google. A quick Google tonight turned up no readily apparent studies for the TV always on or TV on half the time claims. If you know a link to these studies, please let me know via comment or email and I will update the post to include them.)
(Photo thanks to morguefile.com and photographer “cohdra” -Jane M. Sawyer.)