Children Are Not Sitting Pretty
Like adults, sitting may compromise childrens' health
In an experiment that focused on vascular health, young girls sat for three hours on two separate occasions; one session included ten minutes of exercise each hour, the other had no exercise. When the results were compared, vascular function - normal blood flow - was found to decrease by as much as 33 percent after the three hour period without exercise.
The girl's arteries did recover, but there is still concern about the impact of prolonged sitting in children who live a sedentary lifestyle.