Children’s physical activity linked with friends’ influences, research shows

May 17, 2013, Health Canal

According to a review article by researchers at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, friends are an important source of support for children’s physical activity.

The review, led by Solveig A. Cunningham, Ph.D., professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, was published in the May 16 edition of the American Journal of Public Health. It reports three ways in which friends promote children’s physical activity:

  • Kids whose friends are positive and supportive of physical activity are more active.
  • Children whose friends are physically active are also more physically active.
  • Children who are active with friends (i.e., doing sports together, walking to school, riding bikes) are more active and are active for longer periods.

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