March 7, 2014
A new study shows roughly half of America's pre-school-aged children are not getting a daily dose of outdoor playtime. Researchers looked at nearly nine-thousand pre-schoolers nationwide.
42 percent did not go outside daily. The study found gender and race played a role. Researchers also found mothers are more likely than fathers to take their children outside to play.
Experts recommend children play outside for at least 60 minutes a day. They say being outdoors improves weight control, motor development, vision and vitamin D levels.
Find the study online in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.