Born out of a concern that digital entertainment dominates the lives of too many kids and adults, Screen-Free Week is a call to spend less time online. Screen Free week lasts until May 6, but it does not need to end there, it’s not too late to unplug and play. Excessive screen time and limited outdoor activity have been linked to both attention problems and childhood obesity, which has doubled in the United States and Canada over the past 30 years. Obesity increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and lifelong health problems. Physical activity is critical to reversing this trend.
7 Simple Adjustments to be Screen Free
- Re-arrange furniture so the TV isn’t the focus of a room.
- Create a morning routine without screens.
- Ban screens at mealtime.
- Plan a few creative, hands-on activities like arts and crafts.
- Find a local forest for hiking, biking, horseback riding, or boating.
- For young children, make activity kits you can grab when you need them. Put puzzles, blocks, and toys in a shoebox, for example.
- Be the role model. Only use screens when you have to for work.
Take some time this week to rediscover life beyond the screen. Get your family outside, be active, and re-connect. It is important to remind ourselves that there is a big beautiful world out there waiting to be explored, make the change!