Daily Bulletin: Couch Potatoes

Melissa Kossler Dutton

It’s long been suspected, but now is scientifically confirmed: Children are becoming inactive at younger ages than previous generations, according to a recently published study.

The Gateshead Millennium Study, which tracked more than 500 children for eight years in England, showed a sharp decline in activity levels between ages 7-9 in boys and girls. It attributed much of this inactivity to the use of smartphones and computers and the popularity of driving kids to school rather than having them walk. To read more about the study, go to research.ncl.ac.uk/gms/whatwehavedone/primary/index.html.

Besides the obvious tactic of limiting screen time, WebMD offers other tips about how to get kids moving at webmd.com/parenting/features/kid-fitness-when-your-child-wont-exercise#1. KidsHealth.org also offers advice at kidshealth.org/en/parents/active-kids.html.