Why sitting can be harmful to your health

And what you can do about it

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Excessive sitting can be harmful to your health. According to researchers, even exercising on a daily basis may not be enough to thwart the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day. So what should you do if you’re a student or have a job that keeps you sitting? Theresa Gracik, director of the University of Michigan Preventive Cardiology Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, recommends that you get up once an hour to move around, stretch, climb a set of stairs or visit a co-worker’s office instead of emailing her — anything to get your body moving.

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Getting real about limiting TV time for toddlers

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new recommendations related to limiting the amount of “screen time,” children under the age of 2 are exposed to.  We asked Dr. Kelly Orringer to help us make sense of the new recommendations and how real parents can integrate them into busy, chaotic lifestyles.

The American Academy of Pediatrics last addressed media consumption by children under two years-old in 1999, well before advances in technology allowed for TV programs, DVDs, mobile games and more to be accessed anywhere from our child’s bedroom to the backseat of our mini-vans. Even then, the AAP’s recommendations warned against the danger of too much screen time for our little ones.

Now, with easy access to iPads, smart phones, and TVs a-plenty, combined with the allure of programming marketed as “educational,” it’s become harder and harder to keep kids’ eyes away from screens.

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