Tablets, phones, and TV’s – Oh My!

Live Well Omaha Kids (LWOK) and the Omaha Public Library (OPL) are partnering up this summer to bring  5-4-3-2-1 Go!® to the Omaha Public Library Teen Book Club. The aim is simple; get teens thinking twice about their screen time.

According to the 2018, Pediatric Community Health Needs Assessment, 44.5% of area youth receive 2 or more hours of screen time every day. That means that they are moving less and are at higher risk for eating without awareness while their eyes are glued to a screen. Live Well Omaha Kids Youth Wellness Coordinator, Claire Brown, has teamed up with OPL to educate more youth on the impact of screens and to put them back in the drivers seat to make good choices.

Teens will learn about the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!®, which is an evidence-based healthy kids countdown that teaches youth 6 important healthy behaviors that help them grow healthy and strong. The focus of this OPL partnertship series is the #2 for no more than two hours of screen time.

During the OPL Book Club activity, the students read facts about screen time use for teens and tweens and then had the opportunity to create an unplugged box. An unplugged box is a space for teens and tweens to store their phone so that it is out of sight and out of hands. Additionally, members of the Teen Book Club also had the opportunity to evaluate their own use of screen time and set goals to decrease it.  

Partnering with the OPL via Teen Book Clubs engages youth in authentic conversations about the health problems that they are facing every day. LWOK and the OPL hope that these conversations will lead to a better understanding of how choices–like excessive use of screen time and social media–can affect their health and happiness. 

This collaboration is just getting started and teens across Omaha can access this awesome Book Club throughout the summer at King Elementary, Morton Elementary, McMillan Magnet School, and Morris Middle school. Click here for more information.

5-4-3-2-1 Go!® campaign recommends two hours or less of screen time per day. By sharing this message with young students Live Well Omaha Kids hope to influence the amount of screen time that they use, creating a healthier Omaha! This effort is possible due to the generous contributions of CHI Health.

This message was created by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC). 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® is a registered trademark and Copyright © 2004 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. All rights reserved.