New research indicates that kids are more active when their friends are active.

Kids are More Active When Their Friends are Active

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104 children participated in the study, where they were asked to rank 10 potential benefits and 15 potential barriers to physical activity.

“Clinically, much of the focus on increasing physical activity involves engaging the family and encouraging the patient to be more active, but this study suggests that encouragement may not be sufficient,” said study author Jessica Graus Woo, an associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

“Clinicians may also need to consider how to get children to be active with their friends,” she said in an American Heart Association (AHA) news release.

The study found that when children and teens associated with friends who were active, they tended to report fewer barriers to physical fitness.  Family participation and encouragement did not have the same effect, or as dramatic effect as children being shaped by their peers.

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