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Turn off the Screens, for the Health of It!

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:08 PM

Sarnia, ON – County of Lambton Community Health Services Department wants Sarnia-Lambton families to channel their efforts into exercise and go "screen-free" during Turn off the Screen Week, April 22-28.

"Screen-free week is recognized worldwide as an opportunity to unplug and to play, read, be creative, explore and spend time being active," says Anita Trusler, Health Promoter with Community Health Services. "We are encouraging Sarnia-Lambton residents to focus on getting more active with their mind, body and soul as well by engaging in less sedentary activity."

According to the Active Healthy Kids Report Card (2011), Canadian children spend an average of 8.6 hours per day in sedentary pursuits. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology suggests limiting "recreational screen time" to no more than two hours a day.

Sedentary behaviour is 1 of 5 unhealthy habits leading to a shorter lifespan for Ontario residents. Less time spent in sedentary activities will help children:

• Maintain a healthy body weight
• Do better in school
• Improve their self-confidence
• Have more fun with their friends
• Improve their fitness
• Have more time to learn new skills

For more information about screen-free week and sedentary behaviour guidelines call 519 344-2062 ext. 2119, toll free 1-800-387-2882 or visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.
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Contact:

Anita Trusler
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519 344-2062 ext. 2119
email: anita.trusler@county-lambton.on.ca