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Study: More exercise great for kids

March 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Longer sessions of exercise are better for maintaining a healthy weight in children than sporadic activity.That's according to a new Canadian study that looked at some 2500 youngsters ages 8 to 17 years old.

The study found that the way in which children exercise matters.

The study found the more moderate-to-vigorous exercise kids got, the less likely they were to be overweight.

The findings are published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study found the more sustained sessions of five to 10 minutes of activity that the children got each day, the lower the odds they'd be overweight.

The study said those children were 59 percent less likely to be overweight than their peers who got exercise lasting less than five minutes at a time.

U.S. guidelines recommend that children get 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise each day.


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