Did Preschool Obesity Really Drop that Much?

Last February the media widely reported a 43% drop in obesity among U.S. preschoolers. These reports were based on CDC data showing obesity prevalence dropped from 14% in 2003-2004 to 8% in 2010-2012. The sample size was a very small 900, yet the CDC press release highlighted this big change. Even the study authors cautioned…

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Many Kids Get No Outdoor Play

Only 51% of preschool children are taken outdoors to play at least once a day by a parent, a large U.S. study has revealed. Girls were less likely than boys to get outside regularly.  "...parents may take their children outdoors to view God in nature. They can be pointed to the blooming flowers and the…

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Boring Playgrounds Reduce Kids Physical Activity

Remember how much fun it was to zoom down that high, shinny slide with the low sides--over and over and over? Now comes a report suggesting that strict safety rules for playground equipment may make them so boring that children lose interest in playing! "Societal priorities for young children--safety and school readiness--may be hindering children's…

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