Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

TV Moves Me

Back to Search

La TV Me Mueve with a picture of an animated TV
Developer
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Year
2005

TV Moves Me is a children’s book to help families think about activities that can be done when watching TV (besides eating). Instead of advising to simply turn off the TV, this book suggests ways to incorporate physical activity into TV viewing time. The parent’s pages comment on healthy food (as do the pictures).

Funding Source
Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Free Material
Yes
Cost ($)
$0.00
Evidence
  • Pilot Tested
Evaluation Information

A pilot test was conducted with English-speaking low-income Hispanic mothers, to determine the books clarity, and whether parents would repeatedly read the book to their child.
Two-thirds of the mothers stated that the book related to being physically active. One-fourth of the mothers (those with the youngest children) thought their child would only like the pictures, while almost half believed that their child would understand the message. Almost all mothers said they would participate and believed their child would like the book. Also, 38 of the 40 mothers would be comfortable repeatedly reading the book to their child.

SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

The story features “the Couch family”-“mother Mrs. Milly Couch, and children Conner, Clyde and Clara Couch” as their television comes to life one day and encourages them to move around during the commercials. The children in the book do a variety of different activities during the advertising breaks, and at the end, their mother joins them in moving around during the commercials. The resonating theme of the book is “Don’t just sit and sit and sit, Keep on moving to stay fit.” At the end of the book are parent pages, which include facts and recommendations about television viewing and children. The books also imparts seven activity suggestions (including games, exercises, and fun things to do) to get children moving while watching television.