The Unplug Transformation Kit

Unplug Illinois demonstrates the value of park and recreation facilities by addressing three key issues facing our communities today. Click below to see the issues and facts park and recreation agencies can help solve.

Self-medication
  • 55% of Americans regularly take prescription medication—four on average. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
  • 75% of Americans regularly take at least one over-the-counter drug. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
  • The total number of prescriptions filled by all Americans has increased 85% over two decades while the total population has increased by only 21%. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
  • 86% of American healthcare spending is for treating chronic and mental illness or $316.1 billion.(CDC, 2017)
  • Heart disease, diabetes and stroke cost Americans over $500 billion annually. (CDC, 2016 & Diabetes Council 2018)
Technology Rules
  • Children spend more than 7 hours per day in front of a screen (TV, computer, video games, etc.). (Dowshen, 2015)
  • 43% of Americans aged 18-29 use their smartphones for 4 hours per day. (PEW, 2015)
  • The average gamer age 13 and older spends 6.3 hours a week playing video games. (Nielsen, 2013)
  • Of the kids surveyed in a study by the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, only 51% went outside to walk or play once a day. (Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent)
Out of Shape
  • 80% of Americans don’t get recommended amounts of exercise.(CDC, 2013)

  • 71% of Americans over 20 are overweight or obese. (CDC, 2014)

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. (Ogden et al., 2014)

  • Only one in three children are physically active every day. (Department of Health and Human Services, 2017)

  • Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week (Department of Health and Human Services, 2017)

  • One-third of Americans are clinically obese and the number has nearly doubled since 1980. (Adult Obesity Facts, 2015)