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For Release: April 17, 2009
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative Supports
National Turnoff Week 2009
Make your plans now to participate in National Turnoff Week 2009, taking place April 20-26. This weeklong event began in 1994, formerly TV Turnoff Week, and encourages people to turn off their televisions, computers, and electronic games in order to read, create, learn, play and connect with their communities and families. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative encourage you to turn off the screen and turn on life in April. Try enjoying some time outside instead of watching TV in the evenings.
Current statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 36 percent of Oklahoma adults and 15 percent of Oklahoma children are considered overweight.
National Turnoff Week is supported by more than 70 national organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Education Association, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as well as OSDH. For more information on decreasing screen time and the Partnership for a Strong and Healthy Oklahoma visit this Web site: www.strongandhealthy.ok.gov or contact OSDH Chronic Disease Service Physical Activity Coordinator Matt Jacobs at (405) 271-4072.
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