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Campaign challenges kids to go screen-free

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Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is challenging kids around the country to step away from their screens.

Screen-Free Week is an initiative that starts April 29 and lasts through May 5 and encourages individuals to turn off the television, video games, iPads, smartphones and other screens they use for entertainment.

The campaign is aimed at children who are spending increasingly more time with technology. It's a testament to our evolving society, but also a red flag in the eyes of health experts. Adults are also encouraged to heed the campaign's advice.

"The American Society of Bariatric Physicians knows all too well that obesity is a growing problem in our communities," Deborah Bade Horn, vice president of ASBP said in a release. "There is a dose-response relationship between screen time and health. As screen time is decreased, measures of health like BMI, physical fitness and self-esteem improve, especially in children."

Today, technology serves as a critical ingredient in a child's learning environment, but any as with any activity, it can be beneficial to take a rest.

Screen-Free Week website: http://www.screenfree.org/

 

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