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Study: Few Children Meet Physical Activity and Screen-Time Guidelines
Education Week, Bryan Toporek, 01/07/2013
Fewer than four in 10 elementary school-age children met recommended guidelines for both daily physical activity and screen-time viewing, according to a study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics (formerly the Archive of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine).
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the first-ever such guidelines from the federal government, recommended that children engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) on a daily basis. The guidelines also recommend limiting a child to a maximum of two hours of leisure screen-time viewing per day.
Researchers examined data from 1,218 children ages 6-11, taken from the 2009-10 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, to determine how many of them met both recommendations simultaneously.
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