Parents may decrease kids’ outdoor activity, study says

September 13, 2011

From elsewhere in The Post: A child may be less active outside when a parent is present, says a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“The study says this is in keeping with other research showing that parents’ worries about their kids’ safety hampers outdoor play. The dwindling amount of outdoor play among U.S. children is thought to contribute to childhood obesity in this nation. Creating safe access to parks and playgrounds could help turn that problem around,” writes The Checkup blogger Jennifer LaRue Huget.

The study was based on the activity of 2,712 children, most age 12 and under, at 20 parks in Durham, N.C.

How do you watch for your child’s safety, while also letting them play, outside? How do you fight the urge to hover?

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