Child’s Play: Physical Activity In Preschool May Influence Heart Health In Adulthood

Study Finds – John Anderer

It’s hard for most of us to remember our preschool days at all, let alone recount how physically active we may have been. Of course, fitness isn’t exactly a top priority among parents, teachers, and kids alike in these early days of childhood. However, according to a recent study, perhaps it should begin to be considered more seriously. Researchers from McMaster University say that physical activity during very early childhood may impact heart and cardiovascular health decades down the line. After tracking hundreds of preschoolers’ fitness levels over multiple years, they found that physical activity in kids as young as three years old can improve blood vessel functioning, cardiovascular health, and prevent early indicators of heart disease later in adulthood.

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