Home' Nonahood News : NONA 090116 Contents If you have a
young child, your
ably tell you that
allowing him or
her to sit in front
of the television
for hours on end
is a bad idea. Like-
wise, most parents are prob-
ably aware that prolonged use
of electronic devices such as
tablets, laptops, hand-held video
games and smart phones isn’t
particularly good for kids. But
you might not know that limiting
kids’ screen time isn’t just about
encouraging them to be more
It’s true that the ubiquity of
internet appliances encourages
sedentary habits that can in turn
lead to obesity and other health
problems in people of all ages.
But that’s just the tip of the ice-
berg when it comes to reasons
that the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) recommends
that “entertainment media” be
avoided entirely for infants and
children under the age of two,
and limited to two or fewer hours
each day for other kids.
The beginning of a child’s life
is a crucial time for his or her
social development when they
are learning the communication
skills they need to succeed in
both school and life. They can’t
acquire these skills by passively
sitting in front of the TV or by
playing a video game on a tablet.
In fact, the list of potential effects
from kids spending excessive
time in front of a TV or computer
screen ranges from language
delays to shorter attention spans,
sleeping and weight problems,
and a need to constantly be en-
tertained rather than exploring
and discovering things on their
own through “self-directed” play.
In turn, kids can wind up
with a deficit of critical-thinking
skills, as well as a
skewed idea about
how the world
works and their own
place within it. Play-
ing certain video
games or watching
violent TV programs
can cause a child
to become desensitized to the
violence and develop aggres-
sive behaviors. It’s also true that
spending lots of time in front of
the screen as a child can easily
become an ingrained habit that
lasts a lifetime. With some teens
now spending upwards of nine
hours a day online and texting,
it’s easy to see why this might
be viewed as a problem from a
Not All Multimedia Is
Of course, tablets and laptops
are increasingly used by kids
throughout the school day, and
there is no shortage of educa-
tional apps and TV programming
that genuinely helps children
learn. As the AAP (American
Academy of Pediatrics) notes,
the content of the material your
child absorbs while using an
electronic device is far more im-
portant than the platform itself.
That said, it’s worth knowing that
children often get more out of
educational programs when a
parent watches with them.
In our family medical prac-
tice, we counsel parents with
preschool-aged children to limit
their kids’ screen time to no
more than 1-2 hours per day,
regardless of the type of device
or programming. Given how
important one-on-one interac-
tion is for early childhood de-
velopment, we’re also happy
to suggest alternative activities
that can stimulate young brains
while creating fun family time.
For example, cooking dinner
with your kids can help them
learn about nutrition, planning
and cooperation, while reading
a book with a child is great for
building language skills. Other
options include active games
such as building a fort or creat-
ing a new dance move, both of
which stimulate kids’ imagina-
tions while providing an outlet
for their considerable energy.
Family game night is another
outstanding substitute for time
spent in front of the computer.
Whatever you choose, you’ll
be cultivating the parent-child
bonding process while making
memories to last a lifetime.
Limiting Kids’ Screen Times Is More
Important Than You Think
Fall Back Into Fitness
I have a confession to make. I didn’t work out a ton
this past school year. Instead, I put all my energy
into my family, our lives, our ups and downs, our...
EVERYTHING! Two moves and 13 extra pounds
later, here I am. I am ready to get back to making
myself and my fitness important. I am ready to put
“me” back on the top of the do list. Sound familiar?
This is the narrative I have been listening to for
nine years. Listening, I say, because I am a former
certified personal trainer. Yes, I know what you’re
thinking. “She loves to work out and doesn’t eat
any normal food. Getting back into shape will be a
breeze for her!” And yet, it couldn’t be further from
the truth! Although I love competitive sports, I hate
working out, and I believe salt and beer should be
their own food groups. So, just like you, I struggle.
Taking a break from all things fitness for a year was
especially difficult for me. In my mind, the key is
finding things I love and doing them consistently.
That’s my recommendation for you, too!
As adults, we spend so much time organiz-
ing, transporting, planning, and facilitating every
hour of every day for work or for children. As you
get ready to send those little and big ones back to
school, I challenge you: fall back into taking care of
yourself! Invest some of your energy in you. Find
a trail/route to walk, join a fitness group, or find a
sport to play. I know I am doing that, and it means
falling back into my fitness routine.
A few ideas, besides hitting the gym, are:
Great trail nearby: Split Oaks Forest near Moss
Park area/Lake Nona.
Fitness groups in the area are Lake Nona Run
Club or Lake Nona Boot Camp. Those don’t sound
appealing? Start your own group! We need a local
coed kickball on this side of Orlando! Maybe teach
this area some games from your culture? Cricket,
Sports: I’ve really enjoyed playing softball at the
Lake Nona YMCA. Exit your comfort zone and try
something new, and soon you’ll be looking and feel-
ing like a new you!
Lake Nona | Primary Care
LAKE NONA ORTHODONTIC SPECIALISTS
13832 Narcoossee Rd, Suite B101
ABOUT HEALTH PARK LAKE NONA
Health Park Lake Nona’s primary care physicians and
specialists are experts in preventive medicine, early
detection and treatment of concerning health issues, and
management of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries.
In one unique facility, patients have access to family
medicine physicians, in-house imaging and laboratory
services, physical therapy and sports medicine.
Florida Hospital Health Park is located within the
glass building on the corner of Narcoosee Road and
Tavistock Lakes Boulevard, just south of Lake Nona High
School and across the street from the Eagle Creek Golf
Course at 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., Orlando, FL 32827.
AMIT DESAI, MD
Utilizing a Mix of
Art to Engineer
Everyone knows it by now: Technology moves and guides
our economy. Many of the major industries use and rely upon
technological advances to make their daily work more efficient,
timely and safe. Conversely, there always will be a need for an
experienced user to interface with technology to ensure the end
result is completed accurately and aesthetically. Dr. Lach and
his team at Lake Nona Orthodontic Specialists intertwine both
art and technology, resulting in picturesque grins seen across
East Orlando for 25 years.
“We have three goals here when it comes to the outcome
of our patients: One, function, our treatment must result in our
patients to have good chewing. Two, stability, the treatment we
provide must be able to last. And three, aesthetics, great-look-
ing smiles! In many ways, orthodontics is an art form, which is
what separates us from tooth straighteners,” said Dr. Lach.
For many patients, Dr. Lach uses a simulator that maps out a
3-D model and treatment plan for tooth alignment. A state-of-
the-art machine will first scan the mouth, preparing the model.
A member of the team will then review the model and artfully
craft and engineer a plan that ensures the three goals of func-
tion, stability and aesthetics are met. The plan includes a multi-
step process where different aligners are worn consecutively.
The number of aligners is determined by the number of tooth
movements needed to align a smile. “The before and after visu-
al digital simulation provides us with all of the details we need
to design your most beautiful smile possible in a very time ef-
ficient, safe and comfortable manner,” said Dr. Lach.
Because patients are many times eager to begin life with
their new beautiful smile, the Lake Nona Orthodontic team
uses technology to speed up the treatment time. Through bone
stimulation completed through a system called Propel, Dr. Lach
can reduce the treatment time in half. “Usually, patients change
aligners every two weeks, but with Propel, they can move on to
the next step every week,” said Dr. Lach.
Lake Nona Orthodontic Specialists utilize the 3-D Precision Scanner.
Dr. Lach demonstrates the 3-D Model and treatment plan for tooth
Before and after an Invisalign treatment performed by Lake Nona
21 SEPTEMBER 2016
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