A new study says that your kid's friendships play a big role in how active they are.
researchers studied nearly 100 kids ages 5 to 12 who were enrolled in a
12-week after care program. They found that children don't form or
dissolve friendships based on physical activity. Existing friendships
however heavily influenced how active the kids were. The physical
activity levels of the children were closely related to how active their
current friends were.
Researchers say a child's activity level
can be increased, decreased or stabilized based on their immediate
social network. This means that if you want your child to be more
active, you may want to encourage them to have more active friends. The
entire study is in the Journal of Pediatrics.