On Saturday, July 11, people throughout Illinois will ditch their electronic devices and plug in to fun and activities in their communities. Unplug Illinois Day promotes parks as a place to play, and the value that parks and recreation bring in creating healthier communities.
Unplug Illinois Day encourages people to get out, unplug, play and engage with one another through experiences locally. Whether a person is biking with friends on local trails, playing a sport, or taking in a class, Illinois is home to limitless opportunities to unplug and reconnect with nature and the community around them.
- On average children spend over seven hours a day in front of a screen outside of school and homework.
- Studies have shown that unplugging is essential to maintain a healthy life.
- 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise on a daily basis.
- 43 % of Americans age 18 to 29 use their smartphones for at least four hours per day.
The benefits of unplugging from technologies drives people to plug in to community, plug in to activity and plug in to friends. Unplugging has been shown to help improve quality of life, help you feel more recharged every day, help you sleep better, and improve your interpersonal communication.
Check out all these options for unplugging this July 11th and any other day you can this month or this year!