"We spent our whole committee meeting this week talking about the behavior and
identifying gaps in this area. Bob thinks reducing TV screen time is specific
enough for our behavior change. Thankfully, Dan joined our meeting via
conference call and did a great job explaining why we need to be as specific as
possible when it comes to choosing a behavior. We're finally making some
We'd like to know what children in Wellington are doing now with regards to TV
and other screen time. In keeping with the American Academy of Pediatrics'
recommendations about screen time for children, it's clear that too much TV
watching contributes to health problems. We have ideas of some specific
behaviors from the literature and other interventions, for example, removing
televisions from children's bedrooms, turning the television off during
mealtimes, and developing rules about how much television children can watch.
However, it's clear to me that we are still missing data that is specific to our
audience here in Wellington. We don't know what people are willing to change."