You Can Help Our Youth Improve Their Lifestyle Habits.
As a teacher or worker in a school setting, you are in a great position to impact the healthy development of children, because school is their second most significant living environment, after the home. The Screen Smart! program will help you increase your students’ understanding of this issue and raise their awareness of the sedentary behaviours linked to screen time while showing them how to increase their level of physical or recreational activity.
In Québec, more than 1 in 5 children aged 2 to 17 is overweight.
Only 5% of young Canadians get the minimum recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity (Active Healthy Kids Canada 2013).
Young Canadians between the ages of 12 and 17 spend an average of 7 hours and 48 minutes in front of a screen daily (Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012).
Children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen are twice as likely to be overweight or obese (Canadian Paediatric Society, 2012).
The Heart and Stroke Foundation can help you have a positive impact on your students’ health!
Education is a major determinant of health for children
- After the home, school is the setting where children spend the majority of their time, and where they acquire attitudes and behaviours that can impact their health and lifestyle habits (Institut national de santé publique du Québec, 2013).
- To raise their awareness and encourage young people to lead active lives, it is important that they have positive physical activity experiences (Weight Coalition). To ensure that they do, encourage students to choose physical activities, offer varied activities, and avoid competitiveness.
- It has been proven that doing physical activity on a daily basis helps children succeed in school and improves their overall health (Active Healthy Kids Canada, 2013).
Holding the Screen Smart! program’s activities in your school will help raise students’ awareness of the consequences of sedentary lifestyle. The activities proposed in the program can help students reduce their screen time by at least 30 minutes daily, as they replace it with healthier alternatives.
About the Program
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In just a few clicks, the kit provides you with all the tools you’ll need to lead the program’s activities in your school. You can also refer to it whenever you need to.