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Physical Activity of Parents Influences Kids

Posted Aug 23 2010 7:07am

“The physical activity-related behaviors and attitudes of parents are excellent predictors of the physical activity behaviors and attitudes of their children.”

“Researchers in the Framingham children’s study examined the physical activity behavior of children ages 4 to 7 years and their parents and found that children of two ‘active’ parents were 5.8 times more likely to be ‘active’ than were children of two ‘inactive’ parents.”

“Children from families with one ‘active’ parent and one ‘inactive’ parent were still 3.5 times more likely to be active as were children from families with two ‘inactive’ parents.”

Source: President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: Research Digest: Series 10, Number 3: March 2010

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