January 5th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Playtime for preschoolers essential, study says

(CNN) – Preschoolers in child care centers aren't spending enough time playing outdoors and just being kids, according to a new study published in this week's Pediatrics journal.

Three quarters of American children ages 3 to 5 are in child care and, like most kids, they need to be more physically active, say researchers. But children who aren't in day care may also lack enough active time outside.

"Daily physical activity is essential for preschool age children both for preventing obesity and for their development – their physical development and their cognitive development," says study author Dr. Kristen Copeland from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

Dr. Copeland and her team of researchers wanted to find out why children weren't more active so they talked to the staff at 34 child care facilities in Cincinnati. They discovered that centers often emphasized classroom learning at the expense of outdoor playtime. Experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics say this is not limited to Cincinnati, but occurs in many parts of the country as well.

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  1. Lydia

    my comment today is: usa educational system is the most better.its really a big developent . amirica was not in thise degree before obama .so I would like to tell everyone that all thise development is created by obama .

    January 7, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Sam

      "... the most better" ? Are you kidding me? Clearly, then, you must've been educated in Outer Mongolia or some such place because your grammar and spelling are at about the 2nd grade level. How about looking in the mirror, so to speak, before you make such a patently absurd comment.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm |