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5210 Let’s Go! York County Celebrates National Screen-Free Week

Let’s Go! York County, a program of Partners for Healthier Communities at Southern Maine Health Care, invites you to unplug, turn it off, shut it down and join us in celebrating National Screen Free Week May 4-10.  Screen-Free Week is a nationwide event sponsored by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and celebrated by schools, families, and other civic and community groups each year. During Screen-Free Week, millions of children and adults pledge to spend seven days screen-free. Instead of watching TV or playing video games, they tend to read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.

Studies show that children who watch less TV are more likely to read well and to be physically fit. Turning off screens also allows for more family time. Each week, American children on average spend more time in front of a screen than they do in school! Screen-Free Week is a great way to jump-start our kids into more reading, learning, and active play. It’s also a lot of fun!

Many parents choose to join their children in forgoing or limiting screen-based entertainment all week long and engaging in other fun activities. This kind of support is the best thing you can do to ensure that your child will have a successful and beneficial experience.

As part of this initiative, Let’s Go! York County is offering an exciting opportunity that includes FREE fun and prizes for families and community members to get involved as well. The community is encouraged to visit 5210 Let’s Go! York County on Facebook for additional information or call Reegan Brown at 207-608-8372.  

About Partners for Healthier Communities
Partners for Healthier Communities (PHC) at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a community coalition bringing together interested people to promote and improve the health and well-being of residents in York County, Maine. PHC provides general resources and can help with policy development on areas such as tobacco, physical activity, nutrition, and substance abuse prevention in the towns of Sanford/Springvale, Acton, Alfred, Waterboro, Shapleigh, Lyman, Limerick, Limington, Parsonsfield, Newfield, and Cornish. PHC is one of 27 local Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMP). The HMP initiative is a collaborative effort among local coalitions, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MECDC), Department for Health & Human Services (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) and the Department of Education (DOE). The HMP initiative is supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine with federal grants from the U.S. CDC, SAMHS, and DOE. For more information please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/partnersforhealthiercommunities.

Media Contact:            
Reegan Brown    
207-608-8372
rjbrown@smhc.org

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