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USC study finds preschoolers not getting enough exercise

(Columbia-AP) Nov. 1, 2004 - A new study says preschoolers may not be getting the exercise they need.

The University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health school tracked children as young as 3- to 5-years-old and found they may be on their way to obesity because of a lack of exercise.

The study was published Monday in the November issue of the journal "Pediatrics."

In many cases children observed got about an hour of activity per eight-hour day in preschool, just half of what is recommended by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

USC researcher Russ Pate says obesity rates are skyrocketing in kids. He says parents should ask about activity hours when considering a preschool.

The study is one of a few to focus on the physical activity of preschoolers.

Researchers say parents and teachers should consider the exercise opportunities when planning children's preschooling. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents and teachers routinely promote physical activity, including unstructured play at home, in school, in childcare settings, and throughout the community

posted 8:33am by Chris Rees

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