Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Kill Your Television

It's the National TV- Turnoff Week! Here's some info from the official site that sponsors this. Go visit them. They have all sorts of suggestions on how to make this week a success for your family. Check out their 101 Screen Free Activities.

Don't skip this because it started yesterday. Jump in now! It may change your life. We're a television-free family and it's made a huge difference in how we spend our time. ~Kimberly

"TV-Turnoff Week 2007 April 23th - 29th.

Why Turn off the TV?

Television cuts into family time, harms our children's ability to read and succeed in school, and contributes to unhealthy lifestyles and obesity. Here are just a few of the facts:

  • On average, children in the US will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school this year (900 hours).
  • Forty percent of Americans frequently or always watch television during dinner.
  • As US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher said at the Kick Off of TV-Turnoff Week 2001, "We are raising the most overweight generation of youngsters in American history...This week is about saving lives."

Who Participates?
Anyone and everyone. Millions of people all over the world have participated in TV-Turnoff Week since it began in 1995. Children and adults, rich and poor - people from every background and all walks of life - take part through schools, churches, or community groups, as families or individuals.

What's So Great about TV-Turnoff Week?
Turning off the television gives us a chance to think, read, create, and do. To connect with our families and engage in our communities. To turn off TV and turn on life.

Benjamin Loxley, a second-grader, sums it up well, "I had a great time, and my only question is : If this is so great, why don't we turn off the TV for ate other 51 weeks of the year?"

TV-Turnoff Week Works!
According to hundreds of responses to our TV-Turnoff Week follow-up surveys, 90 percent of responding participants reduced their TV-viewing as a result of participating.

Sound like fun? It is! Join thousands of parents, teachers, pediatricians and other families by celebrating TV-Turnoff Week 2007 April 23-29, 2007."

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