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Healthy Screen Time? Yes, Please!

April 10, 2017

If your kids prefer video games to bike rides, you're not alone: Less than half of kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. But you can actually use that love of screens to fit in more fitness, says Michael Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics of the NYMC School of Medicine, chief of pediatric cardiology at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., and American Heart Association spokesperson. Try these:

  • GoNoodle.com
    The site has more than 250 three- to five minute videos - from hip-hop dance routines to giggle-inducing animated shorts - designed to encourage jumping, stretching, running in place, and more.
    Free; ages 5 and up

  • Sworkit Kids
    This app lets your child choose a category (strength, agility, flexibility and balance, or custom) and how long he wants to work out, then follow along as kids demonstrate exercises.
    Free, Android and iOS; ages 5 and up

  • Cosmickids.com
    Kids are guided on pretend adventures - to the moon, to a fair - all while ingeniously moving through 10- to 30-minute yoga routines. Chill out afterward by watching a five-minute mindfulness or relaxation video.
    Free; ages 3 to 8

  • NFL PLAY 60
    In this app - which was developed by the American Heart Association and the NFL - kids run and jump along with their avatars, racing across the country visiting all 32 NFL cities.
    Free, Android and iOS; ages 7 and up 

NYMC Faculty: Michael H. Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics

Source: The State