Children's Health Improved By More Frequent Breaks From Sedentary Behavior
[Source: Medical News Today]
Canadian kids spend more than half their waking hours engaged in sedentary behavior – watching television, playing video games or just sitting around. Studies involving adult populations suggest that breaks in sedentary time are associated with reduced global health risks. Today these findings have been replicated in a study involving children between the ages of 8 and 11 as published in PLOS ONE.
“We already know that sitting too much is bad for kids,” says Travis Saunders, who earned his PhD at the University of Ottawa and is a researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute. “But now, for the first time, we have evidence that simply getting up more frequently is associated with better health in this age group.”
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