Guidelines have been developed for optimum cognition development in children aged 8-11. Guidelines for that age group are: 1 hour of physical activity per day, screen time limited to 2 hours per day, and 9-11 hours of sleep per day.
Researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute reviewed the results of a 10-year study of about 4,500 U.S. kids in that age group to determine a) how close to the development guidelines they came, and more importantly b) did the children meeting the guidelines have better test results? (Interesting that a group of Canadian PhDs and MDs tested American kids not Canadian kids). Study author Jeremy J. Walsh, PhD, was joined by Joel Barnes, MSc, and Jameason Cameron, PhD, also from Eastern Ontario Research, as well as Katie Gunnell, PhD of Carleton University and others. The team administered a test from the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) from the “NIH Toolbox”. That test measures global cognition.
Only five percent of the children consistently met all three guidelines.
The more of the guidelines achieved the higher the test results- that is, children meeting one of the guidelines scored higher than children meeting none, two was better than one, and the 5% group scored the highest.
While it is far harder said than done, get those kids off the phones and tablets and outside playing. Link to the research here.
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