Friday, May 18, 2012

Physical Activity And Lower Odds of Psychiatric Problems in Children

The Journal of Pediatrics published research that measured the physical activity of 199 eight year old children. Wrist accelerometers were worn to determine if there was an association between physical activity and parent/teacher rated psychiatric problems in the eight year olds. The results indicated that "higher overall physical activity and more time spent in more intense physical activity were associated with lower odds for psychiatric problems in emotional, social, and behavioral domains".

Need ideas to get children more active? Check out 50 Sensory Motor Activities for Kids, Dancing with the Owls, Mini Movement Breaks and Locomotor Games.

Reference: Silja Martikainen MA et al. Physical Activity and Psychiatric Problems in Children. The Journal of Pediatrics. Article in press and published online 11 May 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.03.037

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