Up & Coming Weekly

January 05, 2021

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 6-12, 2021 UCW 17 HEALTH (StatePoint) As we head into 2021, adults and kids alike may still be enjoying the excitement of digital devices received as gifts over the holidays. However, the new year is always a great time for a reset, so alongside those new devices, consider adopting some new digital habits. Here are some great ideas for helping your family build healthier relationships with their digital devices: • Get healthy: Not all screen time is wasted time. You can use your device in positive, productive ways that help your family work toward improved physical health. For example, a steps coun- ter might encourage your family to move more or even take up running, while a yoga app can help guide your family through quick rou- tines you can practice from the comfort of home. • Get smart : Likewise, the members of your family can use their devices to exer- cise their minds. Encourage everyone to let their smart- phones and tablets double function as e-readers, and to download apps that teach new skills and build knowledge. You can even try setting a goal as a family, such as learning a new language us- ing the same app. • Schedule digital down- time: Too much screen time is associated with poor qual- ity sleep, increased anxiety and a range of other physi- cal and mental health con- cerns, so be sure each day includes digital downtime. is is especially important if your family is working and learning from home right now. Make the most of these screen-free blocks by engag- ing in active play, moving, getting fresh air or spending quality time together. • Get assistance: Making sure every member of the family is using their device only in safe and healthy ways is easier said than done, however, a parental guid- ance app can help. Using OurPact for example, the most comprehensive parental control app, you can remotely establish au- tomated schedules for when internet, apps and the device itself are unavailable. Features include URL whitelisting and blacklisting, daily screen time allowances and iMessage/SMS blocking, helping ensure device usage passes your approval. Avail- able at the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, parents can also sign up for an ac- count at www.ourpact.com. For better overall health and wellness, make 2021 the year your family adopts great digital habits. Your family can adopt healthier digital habits in 2021 a STAFF REPORT For better overall health and wellness, make this the year your fam- ily adopts great digital habits. FREE HEALTH CARE • for uninsured Adults call 910.485.0555 *PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

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