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HHS HealthBeat (March 5, 2014)

Little active kids

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

Research indicates preschoolers like their physical activity in spurts.  At Vanderbilt University, Shari Barkin checked data from monitors worn by 50 3- to-5-year-olds, which measured their activity over seven days.

Barkin says the kids got their recommended hour or more a day in short bursts, so it took 11 hours to do it. She also says girls and boys did things differently:

“Girls spent probably about 30 to 40 seconds in these quick bursts. Boys participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity on average for 5 to 7 minutes.”

A short burst might be running across a room; a longer spurt might be a game of tag. Either way, they got there.

The study in the journal Obesity was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

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

Last revised: March 5, 2014