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First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" Campaign

By It's My Life on February 9, 2010 6:10 PM | No TrackBacks

Some trivia for you. How much time each day do you think the average American kid (aged 8 to 18) spends plugged in to some kind of screen. That includes watching TV, surfing online, playing video games, and texting on your cell phone. What's your guess?

1) About 2 hours
2) About 4 hours
3) About 6 hours
4) About 8 hours

If you picked #4, you're right! Yes, it's true! According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, today's tweens and teens spend a daily average of 7 hours and 38 minutes hooked up to electronic media. If you think all that might be contributing to young people being overweight, you're right.

logo_letsmove.gifThat's why First Lady Michelle Obama has just kicked off a campaign called Let's Move, aimed at helping families, schools, community leaders, and health professionals tackle the problem of childhood obesity and figure out practical solutions. It'll be interesting to see what kind of change the Let's Move campaign can make happen, and whether we really can reduce the amount of childhood obesity in the U.S. Why does it matter? Childhood obesity can lead to a long list of big health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea. Plus, the yearly health care costs associated with obesity in the United States could be as high as $147 billion. Yikes!

Of course, too much screen time and not enough physical activity has a lot to do with young people being overweight, but it's not the whole picture. Food choices and eating habits play a huge role too. IML has lots of good info on all these subjects; get in on the First Lady's mission and check out our sections on Food Smarts, Eating Disorders, Team Sports, and Solo Sports.

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