Month: April 2016

Day: 18 April 2016

How video games may be able to reduce childhood obesity

Although playing video games may seem like a big reason some children live a sedentary lifestyle, they may also be one key to reducing obesity.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Amanda Staiano tells us about her research on how being active indoors through use of video games could reduce childhood obesity. Staiano is an assistant professor at the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. She also co-authored the study, “Exergames for Physical Education Courses: Physical, Social, and Cognitive Benefits,” and gave a TED talk on the topic at LSU this year. Read More

How to plan your kid’s time playing video games

Parents trying to break their children from the addiction of video games and other electronics should first consider how much time they themselves spend on Facebook or smart phone.

That’s because kids model adult behavior, cautions New Jersey family and marriage therapist Marty Tashman.

Teaching children how to budget their time playing video games, similar to the way they are taught how to budget money, is good starting point for parents, he says.

“For younger kids, you can have a timer so there’s a physical reminder of how long a time that they have,” he said.

Read More: Is your child addicted to video games? NJ therapist’s advice for parents | http://nj1015.com/is-your-child-addicted-to-video-games-nj-therapists-advice-for-parents/?trackback=tsmclip