Screen Free Week

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Screen Free Week

Do you spend tons of time staring at the computer screen or television? According to the Kaiser Study (Released Jan 2010) kids between the ages of 8 to 18 spend on average 4 hours and 30 minutes a day in front of the TV. This does not include the 7 hours and 30 minutes a day they spend plunged into other media such as the computer, video games, music, movies and print.

Pull the plug during Screen Free Week May 4th– 10th.

Screen Free Week isn’t just about snubbing screens for seven days; it’s a springboard for important lifestyle changes that will improve well-being and quality of life year round – especially for children.

Preschool children spend, on average, 32 hours a week in front of a screen. Experts recommend children spend no more than 1-2 hours in front of screens each day. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention problems, and displaces other activities integral to childhood such as creative play.

Rather than sitting in front of a screen, get outside with your children and explore your neighborhood, visit a park or find a local greenway trail. The goal is to step away from the screen and get moving!

In Currituck County there are many great resources to get families up and out of their homes. Visit the county’s Parks and Recreation website at http://www.co.currituck.nc.us/Parks-and-Recreation.cfm to find various walking communities in your area. The North Carolina Health Department recommends that everyone’s goal should be to take 10,000 steps per day. The best part about walking is that it is free. You can visit one of Currituck’s many public parks which can be found on the Parks and Recreation website. Another great idea is to take a trip to the beach; play in the ocean, walk the beach, or check out the N. C. Wildlife Education Center located beside the Currituck Beach Light House.

Anyone can participate in Screen-Free Week – all you need to do is refrain from using screens for entertainment during the week of May 4- 10th, 2015. Be creative. Have fun and spend quality family time together.

Contact Olivia Jones, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences with the Currituck County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension at 252-232-2261 or email olivia_jones@ncsu.edufor more information.