London: A structured physical activity programme at school can improve children`s fitness and decrease body fat, confirms a new study. Researchers in Switzerland studied 540 seven and 11-year-olds in 15 schools. Over nine months, pupils randomly allocated to an intervention group underwent a physical activity programme designed by experts.
This is important since childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease are increasingly common, and many children are not responsive to programmes aimed at increasing out-of-school physical activity, says a release of the British Medical Journal. As well as improving the health and fitness of children, such programmes can improve health in later life by reducing cardiovascular and other diseases, they conclude. IANS
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