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Long Periods of Inactivity Increases Health Risks for Children

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A recent CNN report says
of heart attack or stroke later in life. Alison McManus, the lead author of the study, says, “the stiffening of the thigh artery may increase risks for cardiovascular diseases by 25%.”

Researchers checked the circulation of girls, ages 7 to 10, after spending three hours sitting on beanbag chairs watching movies and playing games on iPads. Days ater, the children came back for a similar experiment except that they were asked to stand up for a 10-minute exercise every hour.

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Another Reason to Get Those Kids Outside!

The study tested the flexibility of the thigh artery in girls watching tv, versus its flexibility after exercising for 10 minutes every hour. It found that flexibility in the artery decreased 33% when the children remained seated for long periods of time.

The article quotes McManus as saying “The stiffening of the thigh artery in this study could increase the risk of cardiovascular problems by about 25%, at least until the vessel regains its flexibility.”

All the more reason to get off the couch, hit the park, and play!



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