Being physically active throughout the day is more important than limiting sitting time to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in children.
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute examined how time spent doing moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) and time spent in sedentary behaviour affects the risk of cardiovascular disease in children. They found that being physically active throughout the day is more important than limiting sitting time to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in children.
The study involved over 500 participants between the ages of 8 and 10, of whom waist circumference, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, fasting triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and glucose concentrations were measured. The higher levels of MVPA were associated with lower waist circumference, fasting triglycerides and diastolic blood pressure and higher HDL cholesterol.
The research panel, ‘TEAM PRODIGY’, included researchers from the University of Ottawa, University of Montreal, McGill University and Laval University. The detailed report will be featuring in the upcoming edition of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
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