Study: Preschoolers require 11 hours to achieve recommended daily physical activity

Jan. 9, 2013, News Medical

Preschool-aged children require the majority of their waking day, approximately 11 hours, to achieve their recommended daily physical activity, a Vanderbilt study published in Obesity found.

Children in the study, ages 3-5, achieved this activity through relatively short bursts of energy expenditure as opposed to the longer and more routine periods of exercise typically exhibited by adults.

Senior author Shari Barkin, M.D., director of the Division of General Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Medicine, notes that several public health organizations offer general guidelines on how much moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) a preschooler needs, but there is very little data on how and if this activity is actually attained. Continue reading

Preschooler physical activity influenced by several factors

Oct. 13, 2013, dailyRx

It’s important for all children to get a regular amount of physical activity each day. Sometimes, the amount they get is affected by factors at preschool.

A recent study identified nine factors that affected how much physical activity preschoolers got.

Boys were more active than girls, and rainy days decreased their activity levels.

The placement of the preschool on the playground and the time children spent at preschool in the afternoon also influenced their physical activity levels. Continue reading

Obesity rates decline among low-income preschoolers after rising for decades

Aug. 6, 2013, The Washington Post

By Lena H. Sun

After decades of rising, obesity rates among low-income U.S. preschoolers declined broadly from 2008-2011, according to a federal report released Aug. 6 that offered the first glimpse of good news for children considered among the most vulnerable to the disease’s health risks.

While other, smaller studies have cited drops among school-age children, the data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) represent by far the largest and most comprehensive report of declining obesity rates in poor children, officials said. Continue reading

CDC telebriefing discusses declining obesity rates among low-income preschoolers

What:
After decades of rising rates, there are signs of progress in the fight against childhood obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss state-by-state obesity rates among low-income preschoolers, where progress is being made, and what can be done to continue this progress.

Who:
Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, CDC

When:
Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Noon ET

Dial-In:
888-795-0855

Important Instructions: 
If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

Transcript:
A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at CDC’s web site www.cdc.gov/media.