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Get Those Kids Moving

American children are becoming more sedentary. This change in behavior is causing concern about long-term health and lifestyle patterns.

American children are becoming more sedentary. This change in behavior is causing concern about long-term health and lifestyle patterns.

American children are becoming more sedentary, says the Center for Disease Control. The CDC reports “disturbing declines” in school physical education programs.

Of 9th-12th grade students surveyed, nearly half were not enrolled in physical education classes, and few of the remainder attended classes on a daily basis. About one fourth of those who were enrolled didn’t participate in physical activity during class.

Some researchers have found children were exercising less during recent years because of increased television watching. This change in behavior is causing concern about long-term health and lifestyle patterns being established for the next generation of adults.

To help reverse this alarming trend, parents can help youngsters stay active by planning exercise and out­ door activities as family events. For example, parents and children together can take an evening stroll or an early morning jog. Parents can be creative and realize the physical as well as emotional benefits of exercising together with their children.

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