Turn Off Those Screens!

These days, many of us spend a staggering amount of time gathered in front of screens – whether it’s the TV, computer, cell phone or iPad – instead of spending quality time with one another, outside or reading a book. As you can imagine, the amount of time spent in front of a screen instead of making healthier choices like exercising or simply spending time with loved ones can take a toll on all of us.

Screen-Free Week is an event from April 30th – May 6th where you and your family make a pledge to be screen-free and get back to the finer things in life. In a world where our lives often revolve around screens instead of each other, Screen-Free Week is the perfect opportunity to show our children (and even ourselves) that it’s possible to live a more screen-free life.

family outing
Family Outing / Liz West / CC BY 2.0

Can’t remember how to be screen-free? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Go for a nature walk or hike.
  • Go to the playground with the kids.
  • Take a camping trip.
  • Go to more local/community events, like the farmers’ market.
  • Visit the museum or the zoo.
  • Read a book, magazine, or article.
  • Write a story.
  • Learn how to do something new.
  • Create a work of art or try an arts and crafts project.
  • Play cards or a board game.
  • Have a meal at the table with friends or family.

Taking the time to turn off the TV can also be a great opportunity to get your family involved in eating more nutritiously. Why not make it a goal to make all of your meals from scratch together, maybe using fresh, Guiding Stars-earning ingredients from a walk to the store or farmers’ market? In the end, living a healthful life is all about being there longer for the people we love. Screen-Free Week is a wonderful opportunity to remind us of the reason we push ourselves to get just a little more exercise and eat more servings of greens.

If you’d like to get more involved in Screen-Free Week, there are a wealth of resources available. If you’d like to organize an even, check out this free download. Looking for events in your area? Start here. The event also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, for those of you who want to keep tabs on developments in real time.

However you choose to celebrate Screen-Free Week, celebrate it with friends and family in the spirit of good health.