Screen Free Week

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Screen Free Week is coming April 29th through May 5th. Do you have plans to turn off your television and get moving? Screen-Free Week encourages children and adults to watch less television and play less video games by promoting a healthy lifestyle change of limiting screen time.

For the week of April 29th through May 5th children and adults are tasked with the challenge to tune out and turn on to a healthy active lifestyle. Read a book, take a walk, think, be creative and turn off those screens. Stop tweeting, posting, hashtaging, instagramming and trending. Start exploring, running, swimming, making and doing.

On average, American adults spend half their leisure time in front of a television screen. Kids now spend seven and a half hours every day in front of some type of screen, television or otherwise. Studies show that adults who watch more than two hours of television a day tend to weigh more than people who watch less than that.

In Currituck County there are tons of resources to get families up and out of their homes. Visit the county’s Parks and Recreation website at www.co.currituck.nc.us/Parks-and-Recreation.cfm to find various walking communities in your area. The North Carolina Health Department recommends that you get 10,000 steps a day. For more tips on healthy eating and physical activity you can also visit the Get Fit Currituck website go.ncsu.edu/getfitcurrituck sponsored by N.C. Cooperative Extension Currituck County Center. There you can register for the upcoming 4-H 4k as well.

Don’t let screen free week be that only week you spend being active! Make it an important lifestyle change that will stick with you all year.Screen Free Week