Turn Off The Screens Week Could Be First Step to Boosting Kids' Activity
TV and Child Health
Like Spring and warm weather, Turn Off The Screens Week is back, calling on families across London and Middlesex County to put down the remotes, get up and get active.
The program starts on Monday, April 23rd and challenges school age children and their families to spend a full five days away from the television, the computer, portable video games and any device with a screen.
The message of Turn Off The Screens Week is particularly significant this year, in light of the release in March of Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids, the report of the Standing Committee on Health. The findings were alarming. Canada has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the developed world with more than a quarter of young Canadians between the ages of 2 and 17 overweight or obese. Further complicating the matter is that parents often don