New Campaign Aims To Unplug Kids From Screens

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Children and TV

By the time they graduate from high school, Utah children will have spent more time sitting in front of televisions, computer screens and video games than in the classroom.

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That's why the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is launching Unplug 'n Play, a week-long campaign taking place April 23-29, designed to get kids unplugged from screens and plugged into active alternatives.

Too much sedentary time in front of computer and TV screens has been linked to a variety of health problems, including obesity. A 2006 UDOH study showed that 22.5 percent (nearly one in four) of elementary school children were at an unhealthy weight. And these kids face more than just image issues. They are at a higher risk for "adult" diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. And overweight kids are likely to grow into overweight adults.

"The purpose of Unplug 'n Play week is to make kids and parents aware that limits on screen time should be set," said Lynda Blades, Project Coordinator, UDOH. "They need to know there are more active and creative things to do

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