Take Action for Turnoff Week 2008 ? April
Every day, children ages eight
to 18 spend more than six hours watching TV, playing video
games or using the computer for recreational purposes. The
more time youth spend in front of the screen, the more likely
they are to be overweight. Turnoff Week, April 21-27, is an
excellent time to start limiting recreational screen time and
boosting physical activity and healthier living.
?We know that the more time a child spends in front of the
TV or computer, the more likely he or she is to be
overweight,? said Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral
Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. ?Kids are spending more
time sitting in front of screens every day than they do
anything else except perhaps sleeping. For Turnoff Week,
we are asking parents to turn off the screens and get active
with their kids.?
Can!? and the Center
for SCREEN-TIME Awareness in celebrating family, healthy
living, and an exploration of all that is going on around us
as we focus our attention on reducing the impact of the
screens in our lives during Turnoff Week 2008. To help
families make these important lifestyle changes, the
We Can!? program offers
sensible, evidence-based guidance and tips for parents to help
them not only reduce screen time, but also to encourage
physical activity and better nutrition choices.
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