A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine shows that only half of children in the country are receiving regular daily outdoor activity. This may not come as a surprise to many working parents, who are often too busy and stressed to provide an adequate amount of outdoor physical activity for themselves or their children, but the effects on children can be drastic and long lasting.
“It does make sense that for many parents who work outside the home…it’s not easy to have outdoor playtime with your children every day,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Pooja Tandon, a pediatrician at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Tandon also spoke with Reuters Health, and said, “Parents try to balance and juggle lots of different priorities as to what we do with our children when we are spending time with them. We may be able to make some choices to allow us to choose to do an outdoor activity when we do have the time.”