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TV Turn-Off Week

3/24/2004:   The week of April 19-25, millions of children and adults around the world will turn off their televisions and discover that life without TV may just be more rewarding, fun, and relaxing. The TV Turn-Off Network in Washington, DC, is sponsoring the 10th anniversary TV Turn-Off week and hoping that child-serving organizations will get involved and help publicize the effort.

According to the group, television cuts into family time, harms our children’s ability to read and succeed in school, and contributes to unhealthy lifestyles and obesity.

Here are just a few of the facts:
  • This year, the average child in the United States will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school (900 hours).

  • Forty percent of Americans frequently or always watch television during dinner.

  • As U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher said at the kick off of TV-Turnoff Week 2001, "We are raising the most overweight generation of youngsters in American history...This week is about saving lives."
For more information, visit www.tvturnoff.org. If you’d like to organize local activities in your area, visit www.tvturnoff.org/orgweek.htm for an information packet with dozens of ideas, promotional artwork, public relations tips, and more.


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