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How to Watch Less TV

Television can be educational and entertaining, but too much can reduce physical activity, reading, and social interaction. Reduce television time with these fun tips.


  • Step 1: Limit the time Keep track of the amount of time you spend in front of the TV by tracking it on a sheet of paper, and then limit your television time.
  • Step 2: Turn it off Turn off the television while eating meals and engage in conversation instead.
  • TIP: Remove televisions from bedrooms.
  • Step 3: Exercise Engage in your favorite exercise, such as swimming, walking, or dancing.
  • Step 4: Play games Play board or card games. Designate one weeknight as a game night for a fun-filled evening.
  • Step 5: Read a book Read a book. Visit the library and find books that fit your interests.
  • TIP: Check your local library to see if they lend audio books or music CD’s.
  • Step 6: Have a party Host a party. Invite friends, family and neighbors. See if anyone shares an interest of yours and make plans to do it together.
  • Step 7: Spend time on a hobby Join a group or take a class, such as drawing, photography, or playing a musical instrument.
  • Step 8: Call someone Call a friend or family member you have not talked to in awhile.
  • FACT: Children who watch two hours of television or more a day are more likely to be overweight than children who do not.

You Will Need

  • A pen and paper
  • Exercise
  • Board and card games
  • Books
  • A hobby
  • A phone
  • Audio books and music CDs (optional)

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