Key Messages

  1. Children need to be physically active every day to support their health, learning and development.

  2. Parents are their child’s most important role models.

  3. Parents should limit their child’s screen time to less than 2 hours a day. (PDF)

  4. Children who watch too much TV are less successful in school.

  5. Physical activity doesn’t just mean exercise.

  6. You can fit physical activity into everyday life. Opportunities are all around you. Gardening, housecleaning, dancing and walking are all good examples.

  7. Turning off the TV means more time to be active and play.

  8. Children need time to play. Free, unstructured play helps children to develop, manage stress, and become resilient. (PDF)

  9. Physical activity improves your mood, stress level, energy, health, strength, sleep, and the way you feel about yourself.

  10. Children ask for the unhealthy foods they see advertised on television.

  11. Increase physical activity for fun and fitness.

University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition • Washington Active Bodies Active Minds •