British government encourages exercise for young children

July 11, 2011

The Department of Health issued those new guidelines Monday stating children under five who can walk should be physically active for at least three hours a day.

Officials say parents should reduce the amount of time children spend being sitting down, watching television or strapped in a stroller.

The government officials say physical activity should be encouraged from birth, including exercise for infants such as playing on their stomach and swimming sessions with their parents.

Officials hope encouraging young children to exercise will prevent obesity later on in life.

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