In this edition of EmpowHER's "Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier reveals a medical study that says that children who play sports may be less likely to smoke.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER Daily Dose.
There are plenty of positive reasons to get your kids involved in sports teams when they’re young and recent research may have given us yet another reason to add to that list: kids who play sports are less likely to smoke.
Researchers at the University of Southern California questioned 1,200 sixth, seventh and eighth graders about their smoking behavior. The children were middle class, lived in urban areas and ethnically diverse.
The team found that the more sports the kids played, the less likely they were to smoke. The one exception researchers warn, is that kids whose teammates smoke may be a negative influence.
This apparent influence of peers was found to be more pronounced among girls than boys, but overall kids who plays sports are less likely to smoke.
So remember, the more sports your children play the less likely they are to take up smoking; that young females are more susceptible to peer pressure from teammates than young boys; and it’s a good idea to keep tabs on who your children are spending time with.
That wraps up your EmpowHER Daily Dose for Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.