June 14, 2019

Lack of play could harm child development

By Karl Oestreich

by Sara Dingmann

According to a Gallup poll, on average, children spend 18.6 hours per week play on screens. “This is starting to be a societal issue,” said Beth Sherden, the director of Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester. On Tuesday evening, the children’s museum hosted a talk by Mayo Clinic pediatrician Angela Mattke, who told community members about the importance of play. Mattke emphasized the importance of increasing play time and reducing screen time for children, specifically children under age 5.

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Additional coverage: KIMT

Context: Angela Mattke, M.D. is a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Children's Center and editor of "Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child," is a new book which offers tips for parenting during the preschool and elementary school years. Drawing from the expertise of multiple Mayo Clinic experts, the book covers a wide range of topics, including feeding a picky eater, sleep problems, bullying, mental health, and treating common illnesses and injuries. 

Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Heather Carlson

Tags: child development, Dr. Angela Mattke, Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, Post Bulletin, Uncategorized

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