Children urged to “Live outside the box”
KING COUNTY, WA — Kids across King County will have extra hours to “Live Outside the Box” this week when they turn off the television for National Screen Free Week, April 18-24. Watching television, including movies and video games, takes time away from the physical activity that children need every day to be healthy and happy.
Most kids in the United States watch 20 to 30 hours of television every week, or about three to four hours a day. Time with screens is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. And it’s primarily through screens that children are exposed to marketing of unhealthy products. The more time a child spends watching television, the greater the chance he or she has of being overweight or obese.
GovDelivery, Inc. sending on behalf of Public Health – Seattle & King County. 408 St. Peter Street Suite 600, St. Paul, MN 55102. 1-800-439-1420