Active play

Although summer has always been associated with outdoor activities, some kids are already attempting to substitute active video games for a swim at the pool. But research last spring revealed that virtual gaming, however active, won’t help kids meet their daily exercise quota.

Reuters reported that Baylor College of Medicine researchers indicated that active video games could only substitute for sedentary screen time, like watching TV or playing other video games, not outdoor activities.

The bottom line: encourage kids  to put away the Wii soccer and go outside to score a goal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/27/us-active-video-games-kids-exercise-idUSTRE81Q0O320120227

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