Kids today may have more access to a variety of things compared to past generations, but one thing they don’t seem to be getting is as much fresh air!
University of Washington Researchers studied survey data from the parents of close to 9,000 kids. Only 44% of moms and 24% of dads said they had daily parent-child outdoor playtime.
Guidelines from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education suggest kids get at least an hour of physical activity a day for long-term health benefits. In addition they suggest preschoolers get a few hours of unstructured playtime each day.
Study authors suggest parents talk with their child care providers to make sure their kids get enough time outside to play.
These findings appear online in the “Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.”
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Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Jessica Solis.