This is “Turn Off the TV” Week across the nation, and Iowa pediatrician Dr. Nader Ajluni says there’s never been a better time to try it. He explains the point is to get kids interacting — with other people, other kids, even their parents — as well as being more active. He says with the concern today about kids becoming obese, and anti-social behavior, doing this one thing will help improve both problems. But what about so-called “educational” programming? The doctor, who has kids himself, says it’s better than sex or violence, but it’s still only television.The bottom line is, the goal this week is to have kids interact with people instead of passively sitting in front of a television…and once it’s off they’ll be more physically active, and burn more calories. Aljuni says parents should encourage kids to go outside and play with friends…or stay at home and talk with their parents.
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