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On April 22nd 2020, GenR8 Change partnered with SEA Change Portland and Hands Up Casterton to bring our respective communities together and build skills around managing healthy doses of screen time and physical activity. Something that has proven very challenging for many families during the course of coronavirus!   It was fantastic to have over 30 people online for the duration of the session and a further audience viewing the livesteam on Facebook for this virtual event featuring Dr Lauren Arundell from Deakin University's Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition. Below are two links to Laurens presentation and our Q & A (Facebook and YouTube viewing available) for you to revisit the content or share with family and friends. https://www.facebook.com/GenR8Change/videos/701155414023507/     Dr Arundell has shared with us a tool kit that includes links to all resources that were mentioned during the session, as well as a copy of the Family Media Plan that cannot be shared here. Please email ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net to be forward this tool kit. Some of the links that are included are;  Australia’s physical activity and screen time guidelines Classification of games, apps and content  Resources to encourage and support online safetyProgram to encourage movement and reduce sitting at school and home Family pack of activities for the home (KAPS) Suggestions of ways to keep active at home with minimal equipment Creating a family media plan - see below    We invite you come back together (or join the group if you haven't yet done so) to check in and provide some peer support as we all  away and test new strategies to manage screen time and physical activity in our homes. We are looking to do this early-mid May as we're sure we'll all have new challenges and leanings to share by then! Look out for an invite and link for this session soon. We'd love to hear your feedback if you've listened to the recording or attended the session! As we do plan to do more skill building in different areas, let us know what your needs are and how we could improve on how we deliver information and community support. Get in touch with Ebony at ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or call 0466554562. 

We all know screens are no good for our children, in large doses they can do more damage than you think to kids physical and psychosocial health and wellbeing, as well as their academic outcomes.   Local data tells us screen time is a growing problem across Southern Grampians (statistics to come!).  The National screen time recommendation for children aged 5-17 years is less than 2 hrs per day, excluding any time spent behind a screen for education purposes. Do your children meet the recommended dose?   Deakin University's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition have put together a great blog around how to start managing screen time from the get-go this school year, build better habits from the start!   Read their best tips here - https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/ipan/2020/01/28/back-to-school-managing-screen-time-at-home/?fbclid=IwAR2BIyTt_drpn9B3tZ-q0b92xhukNVI-8DB1y0BlvkAppYcszokjuTru2rw   What strategies do you use to limit screen time in your household?  Let us know! Jump on the GenR8 Change Facebook page, or flick an email to ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net - we'd love to be able to share some of your tips!