Kids, TV and Blood Pressure

Kids, TV and Blood Pressure© Jupiterimages/

In a recent study of 111 girls and boys, systolic blood pressure (the maximum pressure in the arteries) was six to seven points higher in kids who watched three or more hours of TV a day than in those who clocked only about ten minutes daily. That’s enough to affect long-term health, says researcher Joe Eisenmann, PhD, at Michigan State University. Protect your kids’ hearts, he says; limit daily screen time to two hours and aim for an hour of blood-pumping, off-the-couch activity.

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