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Watch the screen time – even for active children

News Release Release Date: May 12, 2015 1:00 p.m.

The University of Regina’s Dr. Katya Herman has been studying the connection between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health outcomes. Her latest study of children was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

“In the past we've assumed that a child who is active, in sports for example, has their ticket to good health and doesn’t have to worry about sitting around watching TV or playing video games. Perhaps we even think we’ve ‘earned’ our sitting time,” says Dr. Herman, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies. 

In Dr. Herman’s study funded in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, over 500 children participated in the Quebec Adipose and Lifestyle Investigation in Youth (QUALITY) research project. The children, aged 8-10, had their physical activity and sedentary behaviour levels measured and compared to their weight status.

The results indicated “high levels of sedentary behaviour in active children appears to counteract some of the health benefits of that physical activity,” says Dr. Herman. She  suggests cutting back on screen time while also encouraging children to spend more time outdoors and being active.

To read Dr. Herman’s full-length research project, visit: http://journals.humankinetics.com/jpah-back-issues/jpah-volume-12-issue-1-january/combined-physical-activitysedentary-behavior-associations-with-indices-of-adiposity-in-8--to-10-year-old-children.

 

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