Study shows kids get more exercise at school than at home.
In a study of the activity level of Grade 5 students at 60 schools across Alberta, researchers observed that children are more active on school days than on weekends and holidays when the weather turns bad.
“Parents should bundle up their kids and send them out to play even when it’s cold or raining,” said epidemiologist Katerina Maximova, associate professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, noting that spending time outdoors leads to higher physical activity levels.
“Even if you really can’t get out—which happens often in the winter—you should get creative about indoor active play opportunities.”
The students wore pedometers and reported their physical activity from March to June. On days with heavy precipitation—more than 5 mm of rain or snow—the students’ daily step count dropped by an average of 1...