Statement: Vision Impact Institute Supports WHO’s Guidelines on Activity for Children
Dallas, Texas – April 25, 2019 – Earlier this week the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines on children’s physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep for those under five years of age. The Vision Impact Institute is pleased to see the inclusion of guidelines on screen time for children.
“While we wholeheartedly agree that digital devices can be valuable learning tools, research shows that balancing our children’s near work with the time they spend outdoors is one of the most effective actions we can take to delay the onset of myopia (nearsightedness) and slow its progression,” says Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director, Vision Impact Institute. “This is especially important with myopia expected to affect nearly 50% of the world’s population by 2050, almost five billion people.”
Even though we cannot ignore this worsening situation, we don’t have to accept it as the new normal. We are grateful for the WHO’s stand on this issue and others related to the healthy future of the world’s children.