Exercise leads to healthy bones for kids

Research published today at the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) Conference in Edinburgh – the leading conference on osteoporosis in the UK – has revealed a link between physical activity in young children and strong bones.

The study which was carried out by a team of researchers from Southampton University compared the average amount of physical activity of 200 four year olds with the strength of their bones and found that the children who were more physically active had stronger skeletons.

Dr Nick Harvey, Clinical Lecturer at the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, who managed the project said: “Evidence suggests that it is likely that the better your bones are when you are young, the better they will be when you are older, and so more physical activity as a child could potentially mean stronger bones in old age.”

Sarah Leyland, NOS Spokesperson comments: “The decline in physical activity in children over the last decade is worrying and this piece of research shows that it could have a detrimental effect on the nation’s bone health.”

“Parents should encourage their children to choose the active option whenever possible. Walking short distances instead of sitting in the buggy and playing in the garden or park instead of watching TV are just a couple of ideas to help small children to become more active.”

NOS press release.

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