It's getting harder and harder to get the kids away from the computer or the TV screen in your home these days, what with all the advancements in technology that have made playing video games or watching On Demand movies much more appealing and convenient than going outside or playing a board game with friends.

That doesn't mean you should give up the good fight if you're a parent of a child that doesn't partake in too much physical activity outside the home. There are ways you can try to take get your kids to leave the comfort of their room and go play outside though.

One such way you can do that takes places every year and is known as Screen Free Week. Screen Free Week is exactly what it says it is. It's a week where every family member vows to turn off all the screens in your house and, as the campaign says, "turn on life." It used to be solely directed towards turning off TV screens and used to be known as TV-Turnoff week.

Now we have access to a vast amount of entertainment options on not only TV screens but also laptops, computers, and tablets, just to name a few. Screen Free Week does help the environment out a little by saving energy but it's more about getting people physically active in the community.

Instead of relying on TV, video games and iPods for entertainment, those who partake in Screen Free Week can turn to books, outdoor activities such as playing football, spending time with friends or going for a jog instead.

There's a lot of fun that can be had playing outside that can't be had while sitting in front of a TV screen like a zombie watching some documentary about crime statistics. This is not the only way to get your family outside or active however! Plan physical activities you can all do together such as play tennis, go for a long walk around the nearest park or go to the beach for some swimming.

The possibilities are endless. The key to getting your kids excited about getting active is to make the activities you plan fun and something you already do. That way leaving the screens and technology behind won't be seen as punishment.

Some businesses we know

Dufferin Rogers Dental Clinic Family Dentist & Dental Implants
2032 Dufferin St, York, ON M6E 3R5
(416) 658-3384

Cannect Home Equity Loans
1006 King St W, Toronto, ON M6K 3N2
(416) 214-9000

Cannect Home Financing Mortgage Broker
81 Navy Wharf Ct, Toronto, ON M5V 3S3
(416) 766-2666

Cannect Private Mortgages & Small Business Loans
33 Gladstone Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 3K7
(416) 766-2666

Trinity Family Dental Clinic Whitby
185 Thickson Rd, Whitby, ON L1N 6T9
(905) 579-5551

TPI Personal Injury Lawyers
2800 Skymark Ave #503, Mississauga, ON L4W 5A6
(905) 361-1500

Uptown Yonge Dental
2717 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2H8
(416) 487-3333

Adelaide Barks Dog Daycare and Boarding
23550 Highbury Ave N, London, ON N0M 1P0
(519) 854-1214

Purple Bean Media Web Design, Social Media Management, Video Production, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
446 Grey St Unit #302 B, Brantford, ON N3S 7L6
(226) 920-9850

Frank S. Campo, DPM, FACFO
260 North St, Boston, MA 02113, United States
(617) 248-8682

New Mexico Look
2324 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States
(505) 842-9600

Advantage Vinyl Commercial Semi Truck and Trailer Wraps
130 Copernicus Blvd, Brantford, ON N3P 1L9
(519) 758-0439

Super Steam London Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning
1020 Hargrieve Rd #10, London, ON N6E 1P5
(519) 857-9444

Green Collar Landscaping and In-Ground Pool Installation
1632 Wilson St. West Ancaster, Ontario L0R 1R0
(289) 339-8746

Ike's Asphalt Driveway Paving Company and Paving Contractor
4288 ON-3, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K4
(519) 280-3122

Kitchens Inc. - Kitchen Design & Renovations
71 Craig St #6, Brantford, ON N3R 7H9
(519) 753-1637

Street Stars Customs Window Tinting, Vehicle Wraps and Paint Protection Film
1033 Clarke Rd Unit#3, London, ON N5V 3B3
(519) 951-9727

Glenn D. Godfrey & Co. LLP Law Firm
3rd Floor, 35 Barrack Road, Belize City, Belize
+501 223-3530

Elev8 Aesthetic Medicine Inc. Botox Lip Fillers, Microneedling and PRP for Hair Loss
123 Pioneer Dr Building J, Unit #2, Kitchener, ON N2P 2A3
(519) 748-7284

Davidson's Jewellers
790 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V6
(613) 234-4136

Easy House Loan Mortgage Broker
940 The East Mall Suite 202, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6J7
(647) 613-3279

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