Turn off the Screens for Screen-Free Week May 1-7

. May 1, 2017.

Rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen during Screen-Free Week May 1-7. Plan to unplug from digital media and spend time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring, reading and connecting with family and friends.

“Screen time” is defined as time spent using any digital media device for entertainment purposes. Other uses of media, such as online homework don’t count as screen time. Parents play an important role in helping children and teens navigate the media environment and recognize the difference between constructive media options and those that are used for recreation and entertainment.

On average, preschool children spend more than four and a half hours per day utilizing screens, while older children spend more than seven hours a day in front of a screen. To some, this may seem harmless, however, research demonstrates excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance and problems with attention span. Unfortunately, many children would rather watch TV and play video games than go outside and play or participate in sports.

Kohl’s commitment to Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital is made possible through Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, and 100% of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide – including hospital partnerships like this one. To date, Kohl’s raised nearly $300 million through this merchandise program. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

Mercy Health – Toledo is a member of Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio and the fourth largest employer in the state. Locally, Mercy Health is based in Toledo, Ohio and serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy Health – Toledo provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents as well as a robust physician group, Mercy Health Physicians – Toledo, Mercy Health – Life Flight Network and Mercy College of Ohio.

Mercy Health – Toledo is proud to provide over $107 million in community benefit in 2015 which includes charity care and community health services. With approximately 7,500 employees; more than 230 employed physicians; and 2,200 medical staff members, Mercy Health has been a part of the Northwest Ohio community it serves for over 160 years. Please visit mercy.com for additional information and connect with Mercy Health – Toledo on Facebook, Twitter @mercynwohio and Instagram.