London: Children who walk to school dailyare less likely to suffer from heart problems and high bloodpressure later in life, a new study has claimed. Researchers at the University of Buffalo also foundthat the practice is also an effective measure to reducestress in children during the school day.
Professor Roemmich said because it`s not known howlong the protective effect of a bout of exercise lasts,parents and educators should promote active play timethroughout the day. The study, published in the Medicine & Science inSports & Exercise, was also hailed by experts who advocate formore physical work for children to avoid growing obesity. Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets,said: "This new research is more ammunition for what we havebeen saying all along- walking really does work. "Walking is one of the greenest, cheapest forms ofexercise you can do and not only can it impact your physicalhealth, it is good for children’s learning. "Previous research from the Department for Transportfound that 9 out of 10 teachers reported that children whowalk to school are more alert and ready to work once theyreach the classroom." PTI
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