February 26, 2014: In today's landscape of technology, the image of playtime for children has changed, and sedentary activities are far more common. With tablets in hand, children have easy access to video games, social media, and other television programming; and less inclination to play outdoors.
Sedentary activities are fine in moderation, with a healthy amount of physical activity to balance it out. Adults must encourage kids to put down the iPad and to pick up their feet for consistent bouts of physical activity.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, pediatric physical therapist Sheree Chapman York, PT, DPT, PCS, discusses how sedentary behavior isn't just a problem affecting school-aged children: she sees the adverse side effects in infants as well.
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Read more about the Center for Disease Control's Physical Activity Guidelines, and view a library of easy childhood development activities.
Sheree Chapman York, PT, DPT, PCS is the director of physical therapy and occupational therapy of the Early Intervention Program at Children's of Alabama. She has over 30 years of experience working with children in various settings, most recently in the Newborn Follow-up Clinic, Early Intervention, and NICU. She is the immediate past president of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Section on Pediatrics and the current chair of the Section's Hospital-Based Special Interest Group. She also currently serves as the secretary of the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics.