NBC 26 Today interviews an expert on adolescent health

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) – NBC 26 spoke today with Dr. Megan Moreno, adolescent health expert at UW Health Kids in Madison.

Many parents may be wondering at this time of year how to keep their children healthy while coping with the cold winter months, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winter weather and ongoing COVID may limit activities for children and teens. This may mean that children and teenagers connect more through screens. Parents can ensure children and teens use technology to support their health.

Make sure your child is getting what they need to be physically healthy. These things include:

  • Sleep: Depending on your child’s age, he needs 8 to 12 hours of sleep each night. Help your child establish a soothing bedtime routine so they can fall asleep quickly and get all the sleep they need. Some ways to use devices to start the transition to bedtime might include playing soft music or listening to a storytelling podcast with your child. An excellent one is the “Stories” podcast. Current recommendations are to avoid looking at screens (browsing or scrolling) one hour before bedtime.
  • Physical activity: It can be more difficult to do physical activity in the winter when the temperature is low. Consider creative indoor activities such as dancing to music, or incorporating gaming systems such as “dance dance revolution”, or watching YouTube videos such as lean dancing or yoga.

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