TV Turnoff Week April 24 - 30, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006 7:25 PM

TV-Turnoff Week 2006 April 24-30, 2006:               

Why Turn off the TV? Television cuts into family time, harms children's ability to read and succeed in school, may increase the risk of ADD, may increase bullying behavior, and contributes to unhealthy lifestyles and obesity. Here are just a few of the facts: On average, children in the US will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school this year (900 hours). Forty percent of Americans frequently or always watch television during dinner. As US Surgeon General Dr. 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."                                                                           

Who Participates? Millions of people all over the world have participated in TV-Turnoff Week since it began in 1995.                               

What's So Great about TV-Turnoff Week?
Turning off the television gives us a chance to think, read, create, and do. To connect with our families and engage in our communities. To turn off TV and turn on life. Benjamin Loxley, a second-grader, sums it up well, "I had a great time, and my only question is : If this is so great, why don't we turn off the TV for the other 51 weeks of the year?"                                                                     

TV-Turnoff Week Works! According to hundreds of responses to TV-Turnoff Week follow-up surveys, 90 percent of responding participants reduced their TV-viewing as a result of participating. Join thousands of parents, teachers, pediatricians and other families in TV-Turnoff Week (supported by over 70 national organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Education Association, and President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports).                                                                     

"I really didn't like TV-Turnoff Week except that I did notice that my grades went up and I was in a good mood all week." - Second grader Drew Henderson, Donora, PA