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HHS HealthBeat (April 19, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Kids could be better off if they spent little time sitting in front of screens and lots of time being physically active. But a study indicates life doesn’t always work that way. Epidemic Intelligence Service officer Tala Fakhouri of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at national survey data on elementary school kids.

She says only 2 in 5 met both screen time and physical activity recommendations. Fakhouri says that 70 percent got at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and 54 percent spent no more than two hours a day before a screen:

“This means that less TV does not necessarily predict more physical activity.”

The study is in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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

Last revised: April 17, 2013