In medical news out of the University of Bristol in England, researchers found that as children progress through school, their levels of physical activity declines.
The study measured the level of physical activity of 1,299 children at primary schools throughout England, with 1,223 children being retested four years after the study began. Researchers used accelerometers to track the children’s physical activity.
Children were significantly more active before beginning school (prior to age 5 or 6). Activity declined between children entering school and fourth grade (between the ages of 8 and 9). According to research, one-third of boys and two-thirds of girls failed to meet the one hour of physical activity each day guidelines.
Throughout the study period, levels of moderate-to-vigorous-intense physical activity dropped by 4 percent in boys and 11 percent in girls while sedentary time increased by 20 percent in boys and 23 percent in girls.
The study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, shows parents and educators should find ways to help children maintain activity throughout the day and at home.
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