Health Enhancement and Safety


School and Community Partners Unite to Celebrate Screen Free Week 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 3:21 pm

National Turnoff Week (http://www.screentime.org), April 19-25, is being celebrated by communities across the state with community partners offering a host of creative alternatives to watching television and other screen time activies.  This annual campaign is designed to showcase a variety of positive alternatives to screen time and encourage kids, families and adults to "unplug" for seven days and turn on to the world around them. Screen Free Week is a great chance to read, be more physically active, converse, write, volunteer, play, imagine, explore, create and do, rather than view. 

Study after study demonstrate reducing television, videos, electronic games and recreational use of computers is a leading way to reduce obesity, increase literacy and standardized test scores and dramatically curtail acts of violence and bullying.

A list serve is being developed on Screen Smart for interested people in Montana.  If you would like to be added to the listserve, email hannah.cowgill@montana.edu.

For a wealth of free resources such as handouts for parents, lesson plans for educators, and articles for newsletters, go to the following web site:http://www.montanapa.org.

For more information, contact Hannah Cowgill, 406-994-4612