Screen Time

Today’s teens are the wired generation.

Between computers, video games, smartphones, TV and hand-held gaming devices, that can mean a lot of sedentary time and results of a recent survey are showing just how that time can add up.

In an ongoing project, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto surveyed Ontario teens in grades seven to 12 and found that nearly 10 per cent of students reported that they spend an average of seven hours per day in front of a screen.

Parents take note and get active with your kids. Habits form early and sedentary lifestyles and obesity can increase the risk of certain types of cancer later in life, including those of the breast, esophagus, gallbladder, kidney, liver, pancreas and uterus.

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