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Turn off the Tube and Get Moving during No TV Week

This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Community Active Living Lambton (CALL) is urging Lambton residents to break free of "the tube" during No TV Week, which runs from April 22-29. CALL is challenging local families to abandon their remote controls in favour of a pair of walking shoes for one week.

Statistics show that most TV viewers watch about 4 hours of TV daily - an amount that can actually be harmful to their health. Annual No TV Week is designed to increase time devoted to activities like family activities and exercise. According to Rose Atkins, Health Promotion Officer at Lambton Public Health, "Most Lambton County residents are not as active as they need to be to reap the health benefits of physical activity, which include a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis". Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Active Living recommends that most adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity 4 times a week to stay healthy.

To help you reduce the amount of time spent in ‘couch potato’ mode, CALL is organizing evening walks along Sarnia’s scenic waterfront. Join CALL on Tuesday evenings, April 23 through May 28 for a 30-minute walk. Bring the entire family to enjoy a stroll along the Bluewater Trail. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park in front of Mamma Rosa's Café. Participants will be eligible to enter a weekly prize draw.

No TV Week provides an exciting opportunity for children and adults to experience life without TV. For ideas on how to reduce your TV time year round and get into active living, call Lambton Lambton Public Health at 383-8331 ext. 305, or visit their website at www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.