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Screen Free Week

posted Apr 28, 2015, 11:47 AM by kwadsworth@rsu20.org

Un-Plug and Re-Connect on May 4 – 10

Teachers, parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, kids, teens and friends join us and take the 5 day challenge to turn off your technical screens!

Screen-Free Week is a nationwide event sponsored by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and celebrated by schools, families, and other civic and community groups each year. During Screen-Free Week, millions of children and adults pledge to spend seven days screen-free. Instead of watching TV or playing video games, they tend to read, play, plan, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.

On May 4 - 10, Let’s Go! Waldo, a community program that is helping to make Waldo County a healthier place for kids and adults, encourages you to participate in National Screen-Free Week. Let’s Go! Waldo is a member of the state Let’s Go! program and our county’s 52 registered sites support the 5-2-1-0 Every Day message:

To further support healthy children the sites follow the five Let’s Go! healthy strategies:

1. We limit unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations and promote healthy choices


2. We limit sugary drinks and provide water instead.

3. We do not reward children with food.

4. We provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day.

5. We limit recreational screen time.

Studies show that children who watch less TV are more likely to read well and to be physically fit. Studies are also showing that the food commercials typically seen on TV have a strong influence on children’s food preferences. Also, turning off screens also allows for more family time. Each week, American children spend more time in front of a screen than they do in school! Screen-Free Weeks is a great way to help kids enjoy reading, learning, and active play.

Role modeling is one of the best ways to influence children and many parents choose to join their children in forgoing screen-based entertainment all week long and engaging in other fun activities. This kind of support is the best thing you can do to ensure that your child will have a successful and beneficial experience. Give it a try, un-plug from the screen May 4 – 10.

Go to http://www.screenfree.org/ for more ideas.