Walking During Screen Time Boosts Kids’ Health
Convincing your kids to break up their computer and TV time with short walks can help improve their health. Researchers studied 28 non-overweight children without diabetes in two situations, both beginning with the children drinking a glucose drink. On one day, they sat still for three hours straight, watching movies, coloring, or reading. On another occasion, they got up to walk on a treadmill for three minutes every half hour. Blood testing showed that the interrupted sitting resulted in 7 percent lower glucose levels and 32 percent less insulin production, a sign the kids’ bodies were using insulin more efficiently. If the children keep up the walking habit, they may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, published online Aug. 27, 2015