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Maria Gonzalez Posted by Maria Gonzalez

Maria is the Community Health Education Manager at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

¡A partir del lunes,  18 de abril, da comienzo la Semana Sin “pantallas”, una celebración anual en la que millones de personas apagan sus televisores, los monitores de sus computadoras y los videojuegos! ¡Se calcula que un niño en edad preescolar ve como promedio hasta 32 horas de televisión a la semana y los niños mayores llegan a ver hasta 50 horas! Unos promedios que se encuentran muy por encima de las dos horas diarias de televisión recomendadas por la Academia de Pediatras de Estados Unidos.

¿Por qué es tan negativo estar tantas horas delante de la pantalla? Se ha establecido una relación entre estar sentado frente a una pantalla, menos actividad física y un mayor índice de masa corporal (BMI, por sus siglas en inglés), lo que quiere decir que existe una relación directa con la tasa de obesidad infantil. ¡El mero hecho de tener una televisión en la habitación incrementa el riesgo de que el niño padezca de obesidad!

Apagar las pantallas deja libre tiempo diariamente para aquellas actividades que se pueden hacer en familia. Para divertirse y hacer actividades en familia dependiendo de las diferentes edades puede visitar la página electrónica de la iniciativa Mass in Motion del Departamento de Salud Pública de Massachusetts: http://www.mass.gov/massinmotion/spanish/index.htm

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