Day Care Kids Missing Outdoor Play
For children in day care, time spent outside translates to more activity—and that can lead to better health. In a study of 388 preschoolers at 30 randomly selected day care centers in Ohio, researchers observing on a single day found that, despite the majority of centers claiming to provide kids with twice-daily outdoor time, only 40 percent of the kids had two or more sessions, and 32 percent had no outdoor time at all. The children who were able to spend at least 60 minutes outdoors averaged an additional 10 to 14 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, compared with kids who didn’t spend an hour outside. That, combined with indoor activity, could help them meet the recommended 60 minutes per day, researchers say.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published online Nov. 12, 2015