Societal Values and Policies May Curtail Preschool Children’s Physical Activity

The American Academy of Pediatrics held a study in Ohio to gather data on the physical spaces in early care centers and determine the amount of physical activity children are getting and if it’s enough to prevent early exposure to obesity.

What is known on the subject:

Three-fourths of US preschool-age children are in child care; many are not achieving recommended levels of physical activity. Daily physical activity is essential for motor and socioemotional development and for the prevention of obesity. Little is known about physical-activity barriers in child care.

Authored by Kristen A. Copeland, Susan N. Sherman, Cassandra A. Kendeigh, Heidi J. Kalkwarf and Brian E. Saelens and published on February 2012.

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