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Physical Activity, Screen Time and Adolescent Behaviors

[Source: Your Therapy Source]

With today’s young people spending so much time online, are you concerned about the repercussions that this could have on the development of behaviors? A recent research article in Clinical Pediatrics took a closer look at the association between physical activity, sports, screen time, and adolescent behaviors based on emergency room visits.

Over five thousand adolescents ages 12-17 years old were assessed in the emergency room for alcohol/drug use, risky behavior, conduct disorder, and depressive mood.

The criteria for Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) was defined as being active for ≥5 days/week and ≥60 minutes/day. Increased screen time was defined as more than 3 hours/day of computer/TV use for non-schoolwork.

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