The more we learn about the effects of screen time, the more concerning our 24/7 digital lifestyle becomes. Excessive screen time is detrimental for all ages, but we’re continually finding out that it’s especially dangerous for developing minds. It’s gotten so serious that the World Health Organization (WHO) has shared its first-ever set of guidelines on screen time for young children. The WHO says babies should be screen-free during their first year and have only minimal screen access in their second year. When they’re a bit older, as toddlers up to age five, they can have up to one hour per day in front of a screen. Such limited screen time seems nearly impossible for busy parents who, understandably, rely on digital devices for connecting with long-distance relatives, getting a moment of peace, or helping with their children’s education and development. The new guidelines come on the heels of an expanding body of research on the effects of screens on early childhood development. Additionally, the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity raised concerns about sedentary behavior in a 2016 report.
As a result, the guidelines aren’t just about limiting screen time. They also include recommendations for physical activity and sleep habits. Namely, sit less and play more. The report recommends that infants up to a year old should get 30 minutes of physical activity time, while children aged 1-4 should be active for 180 minutes per day. “Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. Ideally, those lifestyle patterns include ample physical activity, consistent sleep, plenty of social interaction and minimal exposure to digital devices. However, the new guidelines may not be effective in changing parents’ behavior or children’s use of devices. Instead, critics say manufacturers can make a difference by adding functionality that discourages excessive use and encourages healthy digital habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics seems to understand that disconnect. In fact, the organization offers guidelines with a bit more flexibility that align better with a more realistic modern family lifestyle. These guidelines do allow for babies to video chat and toddlers to watch educational videos. The organization also provides a tool to help families develop a media plan. What are your initial reactions to the WHO’s new guidelines? Will this change how much screen time you give your kids?
If older kids wear metal frames, make sure they have spring hinges, which are more durable. An elastic strap attached to the glasses will help keep them in place for active toddlers. Kids with severe eye problems may need special lenses called high-index lenses, which are thinner and lighter than plastic lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are best for all kids, especially those who play sports. Polycarbonate is a tough, shatterproof, clear thermoplastic used to make thin, light lenses. However, although they’re very impact-resistant, these lenses scratch more easily than plastic lenses. Babies born with congenital cataracts may need to have the cataracts surgically removed during the first few weeks of life. Some wear contact lenses after cataract surgery. Around age 10, kids may want to get contact lenses for cosmetic reasons or if they play sports. To wear contacts, a child will need to know how to insert and remove lenses properly, take them out as required, and clean them as recommended by the doctor. Contact lens problems are almost always due to poor habits and bad hygiene.
A healthy lifestyle isn’t just diet and exercise. So what is a healthy lifestyle? Today we go over the components of leading a healthy lifestyle and how it’s important to lead a balanced life. I and many others are promoting the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that actually mean? In general, most would agree that a healthy person doesn’t smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats a balanced healthy diet, thinks positively, feels relaxed, exercises regularly, has good relationships, and benefits from a good life balance. Maybe I should start by trying to look at a few definitions for the word – lifestyle. A definition in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language says: “A way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group”. A final definition of lifestyle is: “The aggregation of decisions by individuals which affect their health, and over which they more or less have control”.
The World Health Organisation in 1946 defined health as ‘A complete state of mental, physical and social well-being not merely the absence of disease’. Wikipedia defines a lifestyle as the way a person lives. This includes patterns of social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. A lifestyle typically also reflects an individual’s attitudes, values or worldview. A healthy lifestyle is generally characterized as a “balanced life” in which one makes “wise choices”. What is the definition of Healthy Living? The actual definition of Healthy Living is the steps, actions and strategies one puts in place to achieve optimum health. Healthy Living is about taking responsibility for your decisions and making smart health choices for today and for the future. And all aspects of one’s self, must work in harmony to achieve wellness, so you need to create a balanced life. Why is it Important? A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problems, for recovery, for coping with life stressors, and for improving quality of life. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows our lifestyles play a huge part in how healthy we are.
- Be watched for signs of complications and other diabetes-related health problems
- “I noticed I had to change”
- Choose and prepare food
- Change in sleep patterns
Conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, joint disease, and mental illness are responsible for a vast number of deaths and disabilities. Currently, we rely almost exclusively on the provision of clinical care by highly trained health professionals as our major strategy to deal with these conditions. Many health problems can be prevented or at least their occurrence postponed by having a healthy lifestyle. Why don’t you have a healthy lifestyle? It’s a busy life for most of us. And keeping ourselves healthy is all too rarely near the top of our list of ‘things to do’. Convenience often wins – we are all so busy that convenience is at a premium. It is so important to make ‘keeping healthy’ a part of our day-to-day living habits. Your health depends on what you do throughout the day, everyday. A healthy lifestyle is absolutely vital. Here is a real simple solution – slowly improve your lifestyle in a step-by-step way. If you take one new health step every two months, for example, in two to three years you will be among the healthiest ten percent of people in the Western world. And boy will you see and feel the benefits.
Improvements do not have to be large steps; take one small step for your health today, keep that one going, and add another one every two months. Have a plan – maybe introduce 6 improvements over the course of a year. Can You Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle? Whatever your age, fitness level or body shape, its never too soon or too late to start thinking about living healthily. You can take a step towards healthy living by making one change now to your daily life. That won’t be so hard will it? Are You Living A Healthy Lifestyle? Do you wake up with enthusiasm for the day ahead? Do you have the high energy you need to do what you want? Do you laugh easily and often, especially at yourself? Do you confidently find solutions for the challenges in your life? Do you feel valued and appreciated? Do you appreciate others and let them know it? Do you have a circle of warm, caring friends?