Screen-Free Week

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Screen-Free Week

"Screen-Free Week" was an activity organized by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit located in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada to encourage students to go outside, get physical activity, fresh air and connect with their outdoor environment. Students kept a tracking sheet for one week. They attempted to turn off the screens in their home during that week. The screens they turned off included television screens, computer screens, Gameboy screens and others. Outdoor activities were organized by parents and various groups. Activities included canoeing, cycling and walking.


"Holy Family School in Thunder Bay took the prize for the highest tracked participation rate in the recently held “Turn-Off the Screens” challenge. Thirty-six percent of their students returned tracking sheets to detail their participation in the challenge. Thirty-three schools had signed up, representing over 10,000 students. Holy Family School was presented with the "Turn Off the Screens" Trophy created by students from Churchill High school."

"“Overall, the challenge was a great success. Feedback from parents was very positive,” states Hanna Janiec, Public Health Nurse at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. “The challenge helped parents focus their attention on the amount of time their children were spending on a variety of screens and gave them the motivation to initiate family times that were active and memorable.”


Source: "Turn Off the Screens Challenge Results".OPHEA News Release <http://www.ophea.net/Ophea/PARC/Files/PARCBench/1331910984/Media%20release%20040629Results.doc> (opens as a Microsoft Word document)