Get up, get out and get active! That’s the message behind a screen-free community-wide scavenger hunt taking place in Nipawin over the summer.
“Technology has become such a huge part of our lives and the reality is that kids of all ages are getting too much screen time,” says Health Educator Heather Turcotte.
A community-wide scavenger hunt in Nipawin is designed to help families leave technology behind, go outside, and spend time together doing something fun.
Research indicates excessive screen time can have negative psychological and physical impacts on children and youth, interfering with both development and wellbeing. Mobile technology is contributing to more sitting and inactivity which is contributing to increased obesity among children and adults alike.
Recognizing technology isn’t going to disappear, the Nipawin Primary Health Care Provider Team has turned their attention to helping to find a healthy screen time balance. The scavenger hunt is designed to encourage participants to leave their mobile devices behind, explore the community, and spend time together doing something fun.
Between July 1 and August 31, families are encouraged to pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt at the Nipawin Town Office, receiving clues to eight locations around town. At each location, they will look for a key word and after retrieving all eight, they can put the words together to reveal a message related to screen time.
“It’s just a fun way to get people thinking about their families’ screen time and to encourage use of the fantastic parks and facilities in the community.”