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More ‘green time,’ less screen time boosts kids’ mental health

Those who were less active physically were more likely feel irritable or nervous, and to report trouble sleeping, headaches, stomachaches and backaches, the surveys found. Photo: Pexels

(Denise Mann/ Medical XPress) — Want to see a temperamental tween or teen act happier? The formula is simple, a large international study suggests.

“Screen time should be replaced by ‘green time’ for optimizing the well-being of our kids,” said study author Asad Khan, an associate professor in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

That advice stems from surveys of more than 577,000 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds in 42 European and North American countries. (…)

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