The Durham Region Health Department wants to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by inviting area residents to participate in “Spring Off the Couch, Turn Off the Screen” week, which will run from April 19th until April 25th. The aim of the week is for residents to turn off their televisions and computers and enjoy physical activity. According to a report from Active Healthy Kids Canada, 87% of children in the country are not getting the recommended 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity every day. Public Health Nurse Beth Cullen-Keidann says that time spent in front of screens has become increasingly persistent in the lives of youth and children, and suggests going for a walk, riding bicycles, enjoying local parks, and choosing outdoor sports that involve the whole family. For more information click here.