A recent study found adolescents are not getting enough physical activity or sleep and instead are getting too much screen time.
According to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, only 1 in 20 U.S. adolescents meet the national recommendations for sleep, physical activity and screen time.
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An adolescent ranges between 10 and 19 years old.
Central Texas News Now spoke with an expert at McLane Children’s Medical Center.
Meera Beharry, MD, FSAHM, an adolescent medicine section chief, explained it is recommended that adolescents get eight to 10 hours of sleep, at least one hour of physical activity and no more than two hours of screen time each day.
“What I find interesting about this study is we’re not getting enough sleep, the kids, and they’re not getting enough physical activity and they’re spending this time on screen time. So, if we took maybe half an hour away from our screen time and added that to our sleep time or added that to our physical activity time we can get to these healthy changes,” said Beharry.
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