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We Can! Help Children Stay at a Healthy Weight

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Jul 30, 2012 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers shares tips about how to help children stay at a healthy weight and explains why it's important to limit their TV and computer time.


With school out for the summer, your children may spend a lot of time watching TV, playing video games, or on the computer. Did you know that this can affect their health?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

If we don't put limits on the time our kids spend in front of a TV or computer screen, it can put their health at risk. That's because our kids need to be physically active to maintain a healthy weight and avoid serious health conditions.

Too much time in front of a screen cuts into the kids' time for being physically active. Parents who get active often set a great example.

Some fun ways to get your kids and yourself moving are:

  • take a walk
  • play basketball
  • ride bikes
  • or dance

Visit the NIH We Can!‚Äč Program online to get more tips for keeping your kids at a healthy weight! This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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