In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose" Bailey Mosier brings us a study that claims more and more preschoolers are not engaging in daily outdoor activity.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
If we believe the way to engrain healthy lifestyle habits in our children is to start them young, we’re not doing a very good job, because a recent study found half of preschoolers in America aren’t engaging in daily, physical activity.
Researchers at the Seattle Children's Research Institute analyzed 9,000 children born in 2001 who were tracked through enrollment in kindergarten. They found that half of America's preschool-aged children, especially young girls, aren't engaging in routine outdoor physical activities. The data was deemed to be nationally representative, reflecting the behavior of an estimated 4 million kids.
The researchers said they weren’t surprised by these findings because of what we already know about the obesity epidemic, but that parents need to change their thinking on outdoor play. Instead of viewing it as a weekend luxury, they need to see it as a daily necessity. And furthermore, we need to support young girls playing outdoors in the same way we do for boys.
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