Washington: Being physically active throughout the day is probably more important than limiting sitting time to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in children, according to researchers.However, when evaluating the risk of cardiovascular disease, screen time appears to be worse than overall sedentary time.As members of TEAM PRODIGY, an inter-university research team that includes researchers from the University of Ottawa, University of Montreal, McGill University, and Laval University, researchers at the Children`s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute set out to examine how time spent doing moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) and time spent in sedentary behaviour affects the risk of cardiovascular disease in children. "Although results in this study suggest that in children, time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity appears more important than time spent in sedentary activities, with regard to cardiometabolic health, both increasing children`s participation in physical activity and reducing their screen-related sedentary time are important public health targets to achieve," said first author, Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, who is a researcher at the CHEO Research Institute and a cross-appointed professor at the University of Ottawa.
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