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Set a Good Example for Children

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Parents take note: the best way to keep your children physically healthy is to exercise with them. And make sure to pay special attention to daughters, as adolescent girls are generally less physically active than boys, according to new research out of the U.K.

When studying students at 36 schools across London, researchers found that while physical activity drops among adolescents across the board, girls are at a much higher risk for inactivity. Compared to a 23-percent reduction in physical activity among boys, girls' physical activity plummeted 46-percent between the ages 11-12 and 15-16 years.One reason is because girls spend more time talking with their friends, and not running around playing games.

Think this new research doesn't apply to your son or daughter? Think again. According to a different study published in the Journal of Nutritional Education and Behavior, parents are often wrong when judging their child’s exercise and eating habits.

Regardless, it's time to start paying attention to your children's health and physical activity.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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