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10 Minutes A Day To Better Health
Small changes make a difference. Even 10 minutes of extra activity every day add up to better health for kids, according to a recent study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Why do 10 extra minutes matter? And how to squeeze them in?
Photo in Highline School District from video produced by Communities Putting Prevention to Work; Public Health-Seattle & King County; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resesarchers found that children who live in "smart growth" neighborhoods with parks and mixed-use development designed to increase walkability and activity get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than kids who live in conventional neighborhoods. That adds up to about 10 minutes a day. For a child who weighs 100 pounds, an 10 extra minutes of daily physical activity burns about 30 extra calories a day. Over time, that could mean a big difference in maintaining healthy weight and strengthening muscles and heart.
Most of us don't live in "smart growth" neighborhoods, however, so how to add an extra 10 minutes of daily physical activity? Visit the Making Changes theater in Wellbody Academy's Wellbody Hall to see how communities came together in Highline and Des Moines to get children walking and biking with the Feet First, Safe Routes to School and Bike Alliance programs.