Kids need to prevent by playing sports

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Kids need to prevent by playing sports

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:28 am

Active participation in sports has a tremendous positive impact on kids. Participation in sport develops co-ordination and cognitive skills, it also exposes young individuals to situations that build life experience and promote self-confidence. These are essential components that enable young humans to develop into happy, well-adjusted adults that contribute positively to society. A recent report suggests that teens who participate in sports have a better diet than those who do not.

This report was published by researchers at the University of Minnesota, it indicates that teens that play sport have better eating habits and a higher nutrient intake than those who do not participate in sports. In this study, more than 4,700 junior high and high school students were studied for their meal and snack frequency, energy and nutrient intake and physical activity. The researchers found that sport-involved youth ate breakfast more often and had higher protein, calcium, iron and zinc intakes than their non-sport involved peers.

In light of the obesity and type-2 diabetes epidemic that’s hit America, teaching tomorrows’ adults how to eat for better health is important. Participation in sports seems to encourage our kids to make healthier food choices.

Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, May, 2006
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Re: Kids need to prevent by playing sports

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:35 am

Experts agree that guidelines need to recommend higher levels of physical activity for young people than they currently do, in order to prevent an increase in weight and lower their risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. That’s according to a study published last month in the prestigious journal, The Lancet.

Currently, guidelines recommend that to prevent unwanted weight gain, young people should generally participate in physical activity for 1 hour per day. However, the evidence for this recommendation may be inaccurate as it relied on children recalling the amount of exercise they do.

More recently, a study completed by Lars Bo Andersen at the Norwegian School of Sports Science, Oslo, Norway, monitored physical activity levels of 1730 children, aged 9 -15 years, from schools in Denmark, Estonia, and Portugal.

Physical activity was monitored for four consecutive days using a device called an accelerometer which was strapped to childrens' hips. The device measures acceleration of body movement. The researchers found that 9 year old kids who moved vigorously for 116 minutes each day showed the lowest risk factor scores. The 15 year olds who completed around 88 minutes each day showed the lowest risk factor scores.

The bottom line is that our kids need to move more than they should; current guidelines aren’t enough to optimize health
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Re: Kids need to prevent by playing sports

Postby Archere » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:19 am

Yeah active participation of kids in sports helps to burn the calories and beneficial for their growth...
I have read a lot studies conducted on this topic and all are in the favor for kids active participation in sports...
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