Floridians Encouraged To Turn Off TV, Turn On Healthier Lifestyle

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Healthy Lifestyle

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recognizes April 23-29, 2007 as TV Turn Off Week. In celebration of TV Turn Off Week, Floridians have the opportunity to engage family and loved ones in more physical activity and try to decrease sedentary behavior.

"Turning off the TV provides unlimited opportunities for individuals and families to find more active and healthy ways to spend their time, such as taking a walk or going for a bike ride," DOH Secretary of Health Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. said. "Talking to young people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and engaging them in various physical activities is a great way to improve the health of Floridians."

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Most people do not realize how much sedentary time they spend in front of the television. On average, children spend three hours a day in front of the television while adults average four hours of viewing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one to two hours of quality TV and videos a day for older children and no TV time for children under the age of two.

During TV Turn Off Week, families are encouraged to participate in physical activities such as walking, bike riding or learning a new sport.

Some additional ways Floridians, especially families, can reduce TV time are:

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