>   During TV-Turnoff Week, April 19 to 26, the Jefferson County Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition will join thousands of other community groups in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off their TV sets for eight days and turn on to life.
   TV-Turnoff Week is a chance to read, be more physically active, converse, think, create and do, rather than to view.
   Children in the United States watch four hours of television each day. In the course of a year, they spend more time in front of the tube than in school (900 hours).
   "The purpose of the TV-Turnoff Week is to take an extended break from screens which consume so much of our free time. Four hours of screen-time a day is simply unhealthy for our children, families and community," said Tryna Muilenburg, current chair of HEAL.
   The studies show that children who watch too much television are more likely to be overweight or obese, to struggle in school, and spend less time interacting with friends and family.
   The goal of HEAL, is to increase the level of physical activity and healthy lifestyles among the children in Jefferson County.
   For more information about TV-Turnoff Week activities and HEAL contact Kelly Kerbow at the Commission on Children and Families at 325-5040.
   Alternative Activities
   The following activities have been slated locally to encourage families to take a break from watching TV:
   Saturday,April 19: Free Bicycle Maintenance Day, at the Madras fire hall.
   Monday,April 21: 4 to 6 p.m., Disc golf lessons at the Juniper Hills Park course by Ian McMorrow.
   5:30 to 9 p.m., Game night at Madison Coffee House, with live music.
   6:30 p.m., Family activity night at the First Baptist Church in Madras.
   Tuesday, April 22: 10 a.m., baby/toddler storytime at the library, 10:30 a.m., preschool storytime.
   4 to 5 p.m., Community Garden preparation, and Willow Creek Trail clean-up.
   6:30 p.m., Free magic show at the library's Rodriguez Annex.
   Wednesday, April 23: 1 p.m., Spanish storytime at the library.
   9 p.m., drop-in water polo at the Madras Aquatic Center. Cost is $3.
   Thursday, April 24: 4 to 5:30 p.m., MHS ropes course fun. Limited to 15 to 20 high school students only. Must sign up with Kris Pepera at Madras High School
   4 to 5:30 p.m., Free open gym volleyball at Madras High School's small gym. Seventh to 12th grades only.
   Friday, April 25: 7:30 to 9 p.m., Oregon Encyclopedia Project at Cross Keys Inn, with free music, dance, art, folklore and history.
   Saturday, April 16: 9 to 11 a.m., Oregon Encyclopedia workshops at the Rodriguez Annex.
   10 to 1 p.m., Week of the Young Child Parade and fun activities at Sahalee Park.
   Join the "Jungle" themed parade, beginning at the library.
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