Want to increase the likelihood children at risk for obesity will stay at a healthy weight? Give them wide open spaces to run around in.
New research from Canada finds kids who live nearby public recreation areas, playgrounds and sports fields are much more likely to walk to school, or simply remain physically active in their free time.
It may seem obvious, but experts say city planners may want to consider this when making urban improvements.
Results were similar regardless of family income or average level of education in the neighborhood.
The study focused on kids who were at risk for becoming obese because at least one of their parents was extremely overweight.
Researchers plan to follow these kids over the next decade.
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