Screen families into green families

IMAGINE if you converted just a little of your screen time into green time - where would that take your family?

Today is World Day of Physical Activity which this year has the theme Active Children: Happy Adults!

Heart Foundation NSW cardiovascular health director Julie-Anne Mitchell said it was a good opportunity for parents and children to do something active together.

"We know parents are concerned about the time their children are spending on screens," Ms Mitchell said.

"The truth is that many of us are just as guilty of using the screens as our children and we should lead by example.

"Making a conscious decision to ditch the screens, even for just a period of time, and doing something active together is a great way to celebrate the World Day of Physical Activity."

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 92% of school-aged children are not meeting the minimum recommendation of an hour of physical activity a day and are spending more than the recommended limit of two hours a day on screens.

"The good news is that if we act to turn this around we can set our children up for a long and healthy life. Active kids also generally have better concentration, confidence and coordination," Ms Mitchell said.

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