-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- When looking for ways to
get a heavy child moving, soccer could prove a winner.
California researchers found that a soccer program increased the
physical activity levels of overweight and obese children.
Researchers examined the impact that a community-based,
after-school soccer and youth-development program called America
SCORES had on the physical activity, weight and fitness of students
in a large, urban school district.
The study, published online Feb. 25 in the journal
JAMA Pediatrics, involved 156 students from six schools. The
SCORES program was implemented at three of the schools.
The research team found that the program significantly increased
moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among overweight and obese
students after school (by 3.4 minutes per day) and on Saturdays (by
The program did not, however, lead to significant changes in
physical activity, fitness or weight among all the students in the
study, said Dr. Kristine Madsen, of the University of California,
Berkeley, and her colleagues.
"Existing community-based programs such as SCORES can increase physical activity among low-income youth, particularly those most at risk for weight-related [health issues]," the researchers concluded.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
children and exercise.
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