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Thought Bullets
for
March 2004 

Engineering Physical Activity Out of Daily Living - 
Impact on Toddlers

Iíve often reflected on how much physical activity has been engineered out of our lives. At a press of a button you can open a garage door, turn on the TV, start your car, or even shut your draperies. There are now vacuums that can clean your house while youíre at work. We have snow blowers to remove the snow and riding lawn mowers to cut the grass. Itís no wonder most adults must make a conscious effort to add physical activity back into their day, but surely young children are not as dramatically impacted by this lower activity level. Think again! A recent study published in The Lancet provided compelling evidence that the physical activity level of toddlers is negatively impacted by modern society.

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Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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