The activity levels of preschool kids mirrors that of their parents

Jan 11 2017 - 5:42am
Preschool kids

Researchers say that there is an association between the physical activity of parents and the activity of preschool kids.

Advertisement

Clearly preschool kids are healthier when they lead active lifestyles just as is true for older kids and adults. Researchers have found that preschool kids who have active parents are more active themselves.

Young kids literally follow in the footsteps of their parents

Findings have been released from the NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute dealing with the impact of parent physical activity versus sedentary behavior on how active their preschool children are. It has become apparent that young kids literally follow in the footsteps of their parents.

A team of NIH-funded researchers has discovered that in underserved populations there is a direct correlation between the physical activity of parents and their sedentary behavior with the activity levels of their preschool kids. It is felt that these findings could lead to interventions which have more of a focus on helping parents model, instead of just encouraging, active lifestyles for their kids.

Advertisement

Less than fifty percent of kids between 2 and 5 years old get the recommended daily minimum vigorous physical activity of one hour

It has been observed that kids from low income families and who are from ethnic minority families are more likely to be obese in the United States. It was revealed in a report in 2015 that less than fifty percent of kids between 2 and 5 years old get the recommended daily minimum vigorous physical activity of one hour. This figure is lower for Latino and African-American kids, who are at an increased risk of being overweight or obese.

The researchers found when parents got up to 40 minutes on moderate to vigorous physical activity, their preschool kids did too. It was also observed when parents were sedentary, so were their kids. The physical activity levels of the preschool kids generally mirrored that of their parents.

This study has been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers have found an association between the physical activity of parents and the activity of preschool kids in underserved populations. It is clearly a good idea to encourage parents to serve as healthy role models for their children by staying more active around them.

Share this content.

Contact Us To Be Mentioned in EmaxHealth.com
Advertisement