Power Off and Play!

Theme 4 - Power Off and Play! 

Theme 4 is all about helping children and families build a balanced day that is not filled with recreational and sedentary screen time.  Less than 25% of children in Canada meet the guidelines for screen time.

Excess screen time can harm children’s early development, physical and psychosocial health:

  • Early development: Higher screen time is linked to poor brain development, language development and attention skills in the early years.
  • Physical health: Higher screen time is linked to lower levels of physical fitness, higher weight and higher risks of cardio-metabolic disease (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, insulin).
  • Psychosocial health: Higher screen time is linked to behavioural issues, lower self-esteem and lower psychological well-being.

In terms of meal time, research shows that screen time can interfere with mindful eating. As well, research shows that, during or shortly after being exposed to ads for unhealthy foods, children eat more and prefer less healthy food and beverages. Children who eat away from screens eat more vegetables and fruit and drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.

While research on screen time is still emerging, it supports minimizing screen time as part of a balanced day in three key ways. Communities participating in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge are tasked to help children and families to build a balanced day that includes: 

  1. Staying within recommended screen time limits
  2. Putting screens away during important times of day, including mealtime and bedtime 
  3. Replacing some screen time with other activities

For more information:

Stay tuned for more information on other Power off and Play! projects happening in your community!

Power off and Play! Poster 

Power off and Play! Quick Facts 

Power off and Play! Fact Sheet 

Power off and Play! Parent Resource 


Replacing Some Screen Time with Other Activities

Top 10 Favourite Family Board Games

Good Times with Games

Screen Free Ideas for Your Family

Visit a Middlesex County Community Garden 

Get in the Kitchen! Check out the recipies on our Choose to Boost Veggies & Fruit page! 

Get actice! For active play ideas check out our resources on our Run. Jump. Play. page!

Read! Visit a Middlesex County Library branch today!  Try some of these book ideas. 


Monthly Power off and Play! Activity Ideas

Seasonal activities, including songs, books and crafts for each month of the year. Acknowledgement to Capital Health and Calgary Health Region, www.parentlinkalberta.ca. 






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