What a great idea!  A week free of video screens so we can all go outside and enjoy springtime in central New York!

According to the Oneida County Health Department, Oneida County parents and children are encouraged to to turn off their TVs and video games and lace up their walking shoes during "Screen Free Week", beginning today through April 24th.

You are invited to participate in one of several community walks being sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department planned for Tuesday, April 19th between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Walkers will meet at the Sherman Drive parking lot in Utica for a walk around Mohawk Valley Community College's scenic campus. A second walk will be held on the paved trail behind the Vernon Town Hall; and a third begins at the Philip A Rayhill Trail on Clark Mills Road/Rte.840, which attracts walkers year round. There will be prize drawings at each venue.

The motto for Screen Free Week, which is intended to bring attention to the country's obesity problem, is "Turn of screens & Turn on life," according to Krista Drake, event coordinator and Public Health Educator with the health department.

Get more details on all the events planned for the week at the Oneida County Health Department's website -http://www.ocgov.net/oneida/health