New York: Two-years of after-school physical activity helped lessen the number of overweight and obese fourth- and fifth-grade girls, but not boys, and led to declines in cholesterol levels in girls and boys, report researchers from Spain. This suggests that Spanish children, who are among the most overweight in the world, generally benefit from supervised physical activity beyond that obtained in physical education class, Dr. Vicente Martinez-Vizcaino, at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, and colleagues report in the Journal of Pediatrics. Beginning in September 2004, 10 schools in the Cuenca region of Spain participated in the so-called MOVI program - 90 minutes of after-school games, dance, or sports such as soccer and basketball 3 days a week.
Participation in the MOVI program also had positive effects on cholesterol levels. Total cholesterol levels fell an average of nearly 7 points in active versus inactive girls and by more than 4 points in active versus inactive boys. Due to the overall interest in and satisfaction with the MOVI program, the researchers think it would be worthwhile to continue the program and expand it. Bureau Report
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