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Little active kids

Research indicates preschoolers like their physical activity in spurts. At Vanderbilt University, Shari Barkin checked data from monitors worn by 50 3- to-5-year-olds, which measured their activity over seven days.

Barkin says the kids got their recommended hour or more a day in short bursts, so it took 11 hours to do it. She also says girls and boys did things differently:

“Girls spent probably about 30 to 40 seconds in these quick bursts. Boys participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity on average for 5 to 7 minutes.”

A short burst might be running across a room; a longer spurt might be a game of tag. Either way, they got there.

The study in the journal Obesity was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.


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