Cutting the time kids spend in front of the TV or computer is a great step for making your out-of-school-time program a healthier place! The goal is to eliminate broadcast and cable TV or movies, and limit computer time to less than 1 hour each day.

If you currently show TV in your program, replace this with physically active games or other non-screen activities like board games, cards, or arts and crafts. The key to successfully reducing TV and other screen time is to replace that time with activities that children like!

Every day, 8- to 18-year-olds spend about 4 hours watching TV and DVDs, over an hour on the computer, and almost an hour playing video games!

Excess TV viewing can lead to less physical activity, overeating, and a higher risk for becoming overweight. This is because children are not active when they watch TV, they tend to snack more, and they see lots of advertising for high-calorie, high-sugar foods like candy, soda, and fast foods.