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So often in today’s society we hear of the positive effects that technology has on daily life but take little time to focus on the negative sides.

According to the American Heart Association, “one in three American children is overweight or obese, nearly triple of that in 1963.” Unlike during our parents’ and grandparents’ generations where children were outside playing, today’s children are found in front of the television playing video games or on the computer. One cannot discount the positive effects that technology has brought to us, but we have a responsibility to find a balanced approach to health and technology.

Whatever happened to taking a walk around the neighborhood or riding your bike to the library, or limiting computer and television time for children? If the reason is because adults are also sitting in front of the computer or television, we need to remind ourselves that we must model the way for children to value exercise.

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona put this idea into a reality when stating, “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”

I urge you to begin changing the lifestyle that does not allow technology to play a great role in dictating the early onset of life-threatening diseases caused from not having physical activity as a daily habit. Challenge yourself to take a walk, go hiking or do one activity a day outside with your children for at least 30 minutes. Taking one step at a time can create a great change in positive daily habits.

Jessica Dobson-Tufo

Brockport

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