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Study: Kids don't exercise enough

May 13, 2019 05:38 PM

We hear it all the time - kids today aren't getting enough exercise. Now, a new study says the age at which physical activity drops-off for most kids is younger than experts originally thought.

It finds many of the children saw a decrease in physical activity at age 8. An even larger drop-off happened at age 11.

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Experts remind parents that too much sitting sets our children up for health problems early on.

"It's not only important that you're not exercising, it's that you're sitting and you're actually not clearing certain metabolites in the blood that increase health risk for things like Type 2 diabetes and cardiac disease down the road - and even in younger children we're seeing that," said Dr. Eva Love with Cleveland Clinic Children's.

Dr. Love says your child does not have to play sports to be active. You can also re-direct children from their devices and find an activity you can do with them.

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