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‘Cut Down On Screen Time’ – Health Ministry Recommends Physical Activities For Children

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Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health has recommended reducing children’s time using electronic devices.

The recommendation is on a list to parents regarding health and safety matters in preparation for the new school year.

“Cut down on screen time and encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities,” Acting Bureau of Health Education Director Nadiege Smith-Lambert suggested.

She mentioned activities like football, netball, volleyball, cricket, and steelpan.

“Activities that will encourage movement,” Smith-Lambert stated.

The suggestions to parents also included avoiding excessive packaged snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages when preparing children’s lunch bags.

In addition, Smith-Lambert encouraged parents to be proactive regarding their children’s health and safety in a statement that appears below:

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This is like giving a kid a jar of cookies, leave home and return at wired hours and saying to the kid do not take any cookies.

  2. How about making the recreation facilities more available to kids. There is limited activities for kids and certain camps are very expensive to some parents. There is a need for more summer activities for kids to be encaged in.

  3. TEACHERS OR HEALTH MINISTER DONT HAVE TO REMIND PARENTS, THEY SHOULD KNOW THESE THINGS. PARENTS ARE THE FIRST TEACHERS IN CHILDRENS LIVES, IT STARTS FROM HOME. BUT I LOOKS LIKE THE OTHER WAY AROUND. GOOD LUCK.

  4. Where are these people from Mars? Have you been in the supermarkets lately? There are no fruits or healthy snacks on the shelves. You’ll have not invested in agriculture so might as well tell us to feed them tourist….choops. As for screen time …90% of the nations parents work long hours to make ends meet. Kids have little to no supervision these days unfortunately. That’s a big contribution to the crime we seeing among the youth.

    You’ll like to run You’ll mouths but refuse to do anything meaningful towards education

  5. I know things expensive eh..but look at the women out there….locs expensive and many women on flick with it……clothes on flick like American style…carnival was on flick…. but they crying to put healthy things in their children lunchbag

  6. SMH. Once again blaming the people. I have a 13 yr old and THERE IS NOWHERE IN LUCIA TO TAKE KIDS. Everything govt do is to build huts with bars to sell rum. Watch Castries and watch near our beaches. Vigie and Piegoen Island. No Parks, No public places with swings etc. NOTHING- NADA. So whaere else will my child be or go?. Recently they closed the foield for CPL. Look at Corinth field Months now a contractor grade the field and then it’s unplayable. Vigie was occupied by CARNIVAL during the beigning of the summer. Where else would these kids be. They safer in front of a screen than on the streets. Tell the Govt to INvest in the people. Build parks for kids etc.

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