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By Tesia Galvan
Staff Writer 

70 go screen free for Public Health challenge


September 23, 2016

WORLAND – Last week Worland children and families were challenged to remain “screen free” from 4 to 8 p.m. with Public Health’s “Screen Free Week” campaign.

Washakie County Public Health challenged families with children age 3 to eighth grade to remain screen free from the week of Sept. 12 – 16 from 4 – 8 p.m. Nursing Manager Amanda Heinemeyer with Public Health said they received about 70 passports back from children and said families really enjoyed the program.

Willing participants picked up a Screen Free Week Passport at Public Health to spend five week nights doing various activities and collecting stickers to put on their passports. Stickers were received doing activities like biking, flying a kite, drawing with chalk on the sidewalk and playing hopscotch.

Designated stickers areas were the Worland Aquatic Center, Riverside Park, Newell Sargent Park and the Washakie County Library among others.

Once a child collected four stickers (one from every night plus one “freebie” night where they can spend the night at home) the passports were returned to Washakie County Public Health to have their name entered into a drawing for prizes.

Public Health is still counting the number of passports, and today they will draw the grand prize of a bike and helmet from Larsen’s Bicycle among other fun prizes.

“Last week was the screen free campaign where we encouraged families to go screen free from the hours of 4 to 8 p.m.,” Heinemeyer said. She added a lot of parents told her they didn’t realize screen time was a problem until they did the challenge.

Heinemeyer said she thinks the campaign to get families to go screen free for a while went great and ultimately they received a lot of positive feedback from the challenge. She said they hope to continue it to next year.

Heinemeyer said Public Health started the event because, “Being screen free is a fun way to reduce our dependence on digital entertainment, including television, video games, smartphones, tablets and computers. It’s a chance for children – and adults – to power down and reconnect with each other and the world around them.”


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