Parks Add Options for Kids' Exercise, Study
FRIDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Children are more likely to
be physically active if they have good parks and playgrounds in
their neighborhoods, researchers report.
The study authors asked the parents of 171 nine-year-old
children to give their opinions about outdoor public spaces in
their neighborhoods and to estimate the amount of time their
children spent watching television, using the computer and playing
The Australian researchers, from the Center for Physical
Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University, also
conducted their own assessment of local outdoor public spaces and
how sedentary the children were outside of school hours.
The more satisfied parents were with the quality of their
neighborhood parks and playgrounds, the less time their children
spent engaging in sedentary activities such as watching television
and using computers.
Among the specific findings: children who lived near a large
public open space with a water feature and those who lived on a
cul-de-sac spent less time in front of the television or computer
than those who had a walking path in the park closest to their
The study was released online in advance of publication in an
upcoming print issue of the journal
Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
These findings highlight "the complexity of designing
communities to meet the needs of residents across the life-course,"
Jenny Veitch and colleagues concluded in a news release from the
The Nemours Foundation has more about
kids and exercise.
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