Get off the couch!

Get active by shutting down all types of screens during Fall Turnoff Week

If the only kind of nature you’re interacting with these days is watching the Discovery Channel, maybe you should think about taking part in TV Turnoff Week.

Previously scheduled annually in April, this global event is now also slated for Sept. 21-28 as Fall Turnoff Week. The event is designed to get participants away from the tube, computers and video games, which together consume nine hours of the average American’s day.

The new event, promoted by, is aimed at combating rising obesity rates, lower workplace productivity and fractured families. In Orlando, Fla., organizers are holding a city-wide scavenger hunt. Elsewhere, participants are promoting bicycling, read-a-thons and other activities good for the body and mind.