Study: Kids in daycare sit around too much

January 5, 2012 9:27:47 AM PST
Children in daycare may spend more time sitting around and not enough time being active.

A study in the journal Pediatrics finds preschoolers in childcare centers aren't spending enough time playing outdoors and just being kids.

Researchers talked to the staff at child care centers in Cincinnati, Ohio. They found an emphasis on classroom learning policies to prevent playground injury and budgetary constraints meant children weren't getting enough physical activity.

Pediatric experts recommend preschoolers get 90 - 120 minutes of activity daily.. such as running and playing games like tag, and that children be taken outdoors twice a day.