Children lack sufficient outdoor activity, research shows

Almost half of preschoolers in the United States do not have one parent-supervised outdoor playtime per day, according to research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Preschoolers are not spending enough time in outdoor daily activity. Photo courtesy of purelyfitness.com

The sample of 8,950 children represented approximately 4 million children in the United States.

Clinicians are encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics to promote active living, which involves playing outside. Playing can be beneficial to motor development, vision, cognition, vitamin D levels and mental health.

The study concluded that efforts to increase active outdoor play should focus on children who are female and nonwhite, and outdoor play opportunities at day care are crucial for parents who work outside the home.

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