Sedentary Behavior & Screen Time
Being sedentary is different than “not being active.” Children can go outside and participate in active play during child care designated play time, but if they are sedentary the rest of the day at school or at home, they can have a whole new set of health problems. Nevada law requires that children receive both moderate-vigorous physical activity periods as well as limited sedentary time. Activities defined as sedentary are those that "do not significantly use arms or legs or provide significant exercise, including, without limitation, sitting, standing, reading, playing a board game, riding in a wagon or drawing.” While activities such as watching TV, playing video games or sitting at a computer or smart phone are commonly understood, it can also include activities like reading, playing cards, driving in a car or bus or sitting at a desk during school or work time. Preschoolers should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time except when sleeping and screen time should be limited.