Couch potato preschoolers


Once toddlers get steady on their feet, it sure seems like they have two modes: full-speed running, and off. So it seems like it shouldn’t be hard for them to get in the recommended 120 minutes of physical activity every day.

New research shows, however, that preschoolers in child care were sedentary 73 percent of their day, with just 48 minutes spent in physical activity.

“I would say it’s surprising,” said lead researcher Dr. Pooja Tandon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and a scientist with Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “When you think of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, most people would assume they’re spending a much higher proportion of their day moving around,” Tandon told The Seattle Times.

The study looked at nearly 100 3- to 5-year-olds at 10 Seattle child care centers. How do you get more active play time for your young one, whether it’s at home or at daycare, and prevent him or her from becoming a couch potato? Tandon offers some personal tips in this article and video that she tries with her young children.

What kinds of activities do you do with your preschoolers to encourage them to get moving? Share your tips in the comments below.

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