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A giveaway just in time for TV Turn-Off Week!

April 9th, 2009 / 22 Comments

Interesting Facts:

  • Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
  • Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5
  • Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
  • Percentage of children ages 6-17 who have TV’s in their bedrooms: 50
  • Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
  • Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
  • Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
  • Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66


Do we really want that much TV in our lives? We certainly don’t need it!

But I know it’s easy to get into a rut – come home from school, plop on the couch, flip on the switch; after dinner, repeat.

But here is the good news!

I am offering a P.E.P Rally Kit (Play more, Eat right, Push away the screen) put together by SUBWAY restaurants that gives you alternatives to sitting on the couch!

Subway has generously offered one of you to win this P.E.P. Kit containing fun activities:  sidewalk chalk, jump rope, frisbee, flower seeds, bubbles, etc. and a $10 SUBWAY gift card!

You can win this Kit just in time for the National T.V. Turn-Off Week scheduled for April 20-26, 2009. Turn off the T.V. and go outside for some fun and exercise. Then jog over to Subway for a healthy meal. Check out Jard’s blog for more great ways to promote activity and nutrition for families.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below with your favorite family activity for fun and exercise. It’s open to those residing in the U.S. only. Contest will close in less than a week at midnight April 14th. That way you will get your Kit in time for T.V. Turn-Off Week!  Make sure you leave a valid email for me to contact you.

Update: The winner is Rhonda Hoy! Thank you to all of you for participating. 

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  1. Hiking for family fun & fitness

  2. We LOVE to go Bike riding at the BEACH and for evening walks in the neighborhood…especially FUN when there is a BEAUTIFUL Sunset!!!


  3. Hello,
    Thomas is only 9 months old so family activities are going out for long walks in the stroller with pups Gabor and Ava OR me running after him as he crawls into trouble. Ha. Great Giveaway!

  4. We enjoy walking as a family down a long dirt road from our home, and we take our two dogs with us to keep them active, also! We also enjoy campfires in our back yard for fun as a family.

  5. Our family loves to go to the park and play tennis, fly kites, ride bikes, and go down the slides!

  6. Hi Katy,
    I would love to put my name in the hat for the drawing! Subway sandwiches are always yummy!

    Easter Blessings!

  7. Last spring we took a walk along the creek collecting tadpoles. I hope we can do it again this year.

  8. On nice spring days I used to make a “picnic” lunch for myself and daughter and we’d lie on a blanket on the grass in the yard and look up in the sky at the clouds to see what animals and things we could “see.” She’s 16 now and fondly remembers those moments.

    For those of you who want a more active event we also liked going to the Santa Ana Zoo. It’s small and we’d look at the animals and pack a picnic lunch.

  9. I forgot to mention that our family enjoys going to “Adventure City” which is a reasonably priced kiddie amusement park. We pack a picnic and eat outside before going in. My preschooler and 1st grader loves that place and there is really no waiting in lines. It’s actually a relaxing place to be and the churros are tasty too!

  10. We love love Disneyland b/c our kids are all preschool age/younger!

    For a more affordable and closer option, we head to the park or the library!!

  11. We love to go on family scavenger hunts through our neighborhood. Sometimes we just look for items provided by nature, other times we include more “random” items and try neighbors we know. We use this often with groups of kids as well.

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  13. We are baseball, golf and softball players/fans. All of these sports can be done starting around age 5, and in the case of golf, can be a life-long activity w/o the need for 8 other team members! They are all outdoors too! Check out my blog to see a magazine article about my family and how we keep active as a family too!

  14. Absolutely the thing my family loves to do the most is play games! Ticket to Ride is our latest craze. We have lots of laughs, conversation, and time together.

  15. So this sounds morbid, but we run around in the cemetary behind our house. No, we are not wierdos – we just don’t have much of a yard! My 2 and 3 year old love it! We throw ball and run around – it’s a hit! 🙂

  16. *weirdos

  17. My kiddo is still small so our favorite family activity is going to a park. When he gets a little bigger he can go hiking with us – that is one of my favorite activities 🙂

  18. In the wintertime, we love to go ice skating and skiing. In the warmer months, spending time outside at the playground or beach or pool is fun.

  19. just smiply listening to your children not just hearing them but take the time to just listen. especially when you ask the questions explore their answers fully.

  20. last week my neices and nephews came over to spend the night we had subway sandwiches and sat around the table and talked about everything everyone was listening to each other one at a time one nephew said this was great can we do it again I simply answered YES. Listening was the key hearing just what they were saying was important.
    thanks for reading new teechnology for listening and hearing (smiling)

  21. My kids are 5 and under, but so far they enjoy going on walks

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