August 04, 2009

Today in Play: Screen time associated with high blood pressure in kids

New study on screen time and blood pressure
A new study shows a correlation between screen time and blood pressure in children, regardless of whether those children are overweight. According to Science Daily...

"Sedentary activity was not significantly related to systolic blood pressure or diastolic blood pressure after controlling for age, sex, height and percentage of body fat. However, TV viewing and screen time, but not computer use, were positively associated with both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure after adjusting for potential confounders," the [study's] authors write.

So in other words, kids are more likely to have high blood pressure if they watch a lot of TV, but there's isn't a correlation between high blood pressure and lower levels of physical activity in general. This opens up a whole new area of study related to kids and health. You can read more about the study here (Science Daily).

Playworks featured on NewsHour
Playworks, formerly Sports4Kids, was featured in a segment on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer July 24. The segment focused on Horace Mann Elementary in Oakland, Calif., which has implemented the Playworks program, a nonprofit that supplies full-time coaches to 170 mostly inner-city elementary schools across the country to organize and run recess. Alanna Lim, principal of the school, said, "Right now, doing yard duty is almost a piece of cake. There's hardly any problems. I mean, I have to say, I don't think we've had one single fight this year outside on the yard."

You can watch the segment online.

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