British government encourages exercise for young children


July 11, 2011 10:02:01 AM PDT
The British government says all children, including infants and toddlers who can't walk, should exercise every day.

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.