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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is asking families to participate in Screen-Free Week, a time when they’re encouraged to unplug and play, read, daydream and explore.

The week begins Monday and ends Sunday.

State health officials say that on average, people watch four hours of television and then spend another four-plus hours with computers, games, video, iPods and cell phones. That sedentary time is a leading cause of obesity.

Currituck Extension Agent Olivia Jones tells the Daily Advance of Elizabeth City that it was difficult when she participated in Screen-Free Week last year at home. Now, she’s encouraging others to participate because she found time in that week to do things she had meant to do such as exercise and read a book.

Now she says she takes walks and reads more often.

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