Playing high school sports associated with better health and fitness in old age

Jan. 1, 2014, Huffington Post

If you played high-school sports, your future self may thank you.

A new study shows that playing sports in high school is a predictor of whether a man in his 70s will be fit and healthy.

The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows that elderly men needed to visit their doctors fewer times a year if they played high school sports. Plus, men who played high school sports were more likely to exercise 50 years later than those who didn’t play high school sports. Continue reading

Kids worldwide are less fit than their parents were, study shows

Nov. 19, 2013, Fox News

Today’s kids can’t keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don’t run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.

On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975 for children ages 9 to 17.

The American Heart Association (AHA) conference, which featured the research, says it’s the first to show that children’s fitness has declined worldwide over the last three decades.

“It makes sense. We have kids that are less active than before,” said Dr. Stephen Daniels, a University of Colorado pediatrician and spokesman for the AHA. Continue reading