How to Raise a Healthy Family in the Digital Age

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How much time do you and your kids spend watching screens? The answer is probably too much time. A survey by the British Chiropractic Association found that 73 per cent of children aged between 11 and 16 spent between one and six hours looking at a laptop, tablet or computer. The UK survey of 460 parents found that 40 per cent of children aged between 11 and 16 had back or neck pain and 15 per cent of parents said their child’s back pain was as a result of screen usage.

We all have so many screens in our life, mobile phones, iPads, laptops, desktop computers and television screens. In fact, your kids cannot escape using Ipads and Computers with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) now implemented in most schools. If you can’t beat them, then it is essential to learn how to use them properly.

Dr Sarah MacNeil is the principal chiropractor at Chiropractic Central. She focuses on families’ health and specifically is passionate about educating families on how growing up with more screen time on mobile phones, computers and iPads effects our bodies, posture and spine. This increased screen time is impacting spines at a much earlier age in their development and is leading to earlier postural changes and spinal decay in children. Dr. Sarah wants to be able to give easy strategies to families and children to counteract these effects.

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Dr Sarah MacNeil has partnered with Dr Kristy Goodwin to present a Family Workshop called  “How to raise a healthy family in the digital age”

Dr. Kristy Goodwin has over 14 years of experience in teaching and research. Kristy has a gift for cutting through media-hype and myths about what young children really need to thrive in a digital age. She’s passionate about sharing the latest research and insights into how “digitalised childhoods” are changing the ways that young children learn, play and develop (without telling parents or educators that they need to ban the iPad, or disconnect the Internet).

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This is a family workshop. While the parents are learning how to raise a healthy family in the digital age, the kids will be having fun “Rocking their robot”.

Parents will learn about:

  • How to combat tech tantrums;
  • How to counteract tech neck;
  • Play techniques for optimal neural and spinal development;
  • What is a digitalised childhood?
  • Social, emotional and learning implications; and
  • Strategies to combat and how to counteract these effects to raise healthy families in this era.

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The kids will  have a great time:

  • Building their own robot costume;
  • They are going to be taught “dances” that keep their robot strong (Healthy spinal exercises for kids); and
  • Activities to educate about what they should be feeding their robots to keep them working at top level (healthy nutrition for kids).

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Event Details

Date:  12th November 2016
Time:  10.00am – 12.30 pm
Where: Greenwich Community Centre
Cost: $25.00 per family
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-healthy-families-in-a-digital-age-tickets-28650207542  or through the office at 9418 9031 or email at [email protected]
Website: Chiropractic Central
Facebook: Chiropractic Central


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