Few Teens Able to Balance Healthy Amounts of Sleep, Screen Time and Physical Activity, Study Finds

Hardly any high-school-age children are sleeping enough, getting enough physical activity and moderating their screen time, according to a new study by University of Texas researchers.Researchers say that while a majority of teens are meeting federal recommendations on screen time and sleep, just one in five is physically active for the suggested one hour each day. Overall, only 5 percent of teens are hitting the guidelines for all three categories. “What studies have done in the past is look at a single behavior, which gives an incomplete picture,” study senior author Kelley Pettee Gabriel said. “This is the first study to look at all three concurrently.”Gabriel, an associate professor of epidemiology at the UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin, said that, taken together, the measures give an idea of what a teen’s normal day looks like between sleep and activity — or inactivity.  Continue reading...

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