Theme 4 - Power Off and Play!

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Welcome to Healthy Kids Community Challenge Theme 4 - POWER OFF AND PLAY! 

Theme 4 is all about helping children and families build a balanced day that is not filled with screen time.

‘Screen time’ is the time spent using a screen-based device, such as a smartphone, tablet, computer or TV. Not all screen time is unhealthy. Screens can offer an important way to learn and communicate at school and at work.  Screens can even be used in an active way – like playing tennis, soccer, baseball or other sports games on a device.

Many kids use screens for recreational purposes such as watching movies and playing games. They may be sitting, reclining or lying down the whole time they are using their device. This is called sedentary screen time and many children are getting too much of it. This kind of screen time could interfere with and take time away from healthy activities in their day and affect their health.

The focus of Theme 4 is on limiting children’s recreational and sedentary screen time. Our community-based initiatives will support a range of health benefits, while building on behaviours from Themes 1, 2 and 3.

We can all help to build a balanced day that includes: 

  • Staying within recommended screen time limits (Under 2 yrs – None; 2-4 yrs – Less than 1 hr/day; 5-17 yrs – max. 2 hrs/day) 
  • Putting screens away during important times of day (sleep time, meal and snack time)
  • Replacing screen time with other activities (physical activity, social interactions, and fun and educational activities).

It’s all about powering off devices and playing more.

 

POWER OFF AND PLAY SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST - Starts August 8, 2018

Georgina's Healthy Kids Community Challenge is having a contest! Tell us your favorite way to power off and play and your family could win a Healthy Kids Prize pack including all sorts of awesome prizes or you could win our GRAND PRIZE - A GO PRO CAMERA! Check out the details on our CONTEST PAGE!

 

BUILDING A BALANCED DAY - MANAGING FAMILY SCREEN TIME WORKSHOP 

Monday, September 10, 2018 ~ 10:00am-12:00pm

Georgina Public Library - Keswick Branch

Join Georgina’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge as we celebrate our Power Off and Play theme with a free, play-based workshop for families with children ages 0-6 at the Georgina Public Library - Keswick Branch. 

Families will learn about recommended screen time limits, when it is especially important to put screens away and how to replace screen time with other engaging activities that children love!

Children 0-6 years of age are welcome to attend with an adult. Trained staff from partner agencies will be there to support families with child engagement.

For more information, or to register for this free event, please email ksquires@georgina.ca or call 905-955-1597.

 

 

FREE Healthy Kids Resources:

moh_hk4_infographic_final_eng_20171128.pdf

moh_hk4_summerposter_final_eng_20171010.pdf.pdf

moh_hk4_winterposter_final_eng_20171010.pdf

moh_hk4_indigenousposter_final_eng_20171012.pdf

moh_hk4_trackingchart_final_eng_20171115.pdf

moh_hk4_b_and_e_fact_sheet_final_eng_20171128.pdf

moh_hk4_p_and_c_fact_sheet_final_eng_20171128.pdf