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Things about television everyone should know

Marilyn Bouldin

To The Editor,

There is a correlation between watching violence on television (as shown in over 3,500 research studies.)

Obesity in young children has almost tripled since 1965, in large part due to an increase in sedentary leisure time acitivities such as television watching.

Only 14 percent of 12th graders who watch television six hours or more achieve proficiency on reading tests, whereas 52 percent of students who watch an hour or less do.

Television-free families spent 10 times the national average in meaningful conversations with their children.

This week, April 23-29, is National TV Turnoff Week. I challenge all of us to unplug the television and enjoy alternative activities such as listening to music, going for a walk, playing a game, or reading. Don’t worry if your kids say they are bored. Boredom often leads to creativity!

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Marilyn Bouldin
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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