Celebrate TV Turnoff Week April 21 – April 27

Did you know that on average, children in the United States spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours/year) than in school (900 hours/year)?
Did you know that children who watch TV a lot are risking a lifetime of health problems?
On the bright side - children who spend less time in front of a screen also:

  • Do better in school.

  • Read more.

  • Sleep better.

  • Eat healthier foods.

  • Weigh less.

There is so much more to do than sitting around watching TV. Check out 101 Screen-Free Activities at:www.dorchesterhealth.org/101-Screen-Free%20Activities.doc.
Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Write to the President, your Representative or Senator.

  • Cook dinner with friends or family.

  • Play charades.

  • Learn about native trees and flowers in your area.

  • Attend a community concert. Listen to a local band.

  • Go to a museum.

  • Play Frisbee.

  • Visit and get to know your neighbors.

  • Build a fort in the living room and camp out one night.

  • Invent a new game and teach it to your friends and family.

  • Create sidewalk art with chalk.

Students can look for special reading lists and activities in the school library during TV Turnoff Week.  Thanks Tamara!

For more information about the benefits of turning off the TV and a TV log you can complete go to: www.ohsu.edu/som/ped/TVTO_Collection_Final%5B1%5D.pdf

Jessica Duke
TIS Parent