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Herkimer County Healthnet is offering local Schools assistance Going Screen-Free April 25-29!
Millions Will Participate in Annual Turnoff



Herkimer County Healthnet will join thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, computers, and video games for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family.


Screen-Free Week is a much needed respite from the screen media dominating the lives of so many children. Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we help children discover the joys of life beyond screens.


On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.

Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is coordinated by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national advocacy organization devoted to reducing the impact of commercialism on children. Since the Week’s founding in 1994, it has been celebrated by millions of children and their families worldwide. For more information, visit


Herkimer County families looking for alternative activities during Turnoff Week can view a list of area events on Herkimer Healthnet’s website . Any school personnel interested in having Turnoffweek events in their school during the week following Spring break should contact Children participating in Turnoff Events sponsored through their schools will be eligible to win prizes at the conclusion of Turnoff Week.


Contact: Tia Lock, 768-4108

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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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