Children exercise if parents do

DENVER, July 30 (UPI) -- Parents worried their children don't get enough exercise should increase their physical activity and their kids will follow, U.S. researchers advise.

Kristen Holm, assistant professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, and colleagues found when parents increase their daily activity -- measured by a pedometer -- their children increase theirs as well.

"It has long been known that parent and child activity levels are correlated," Holm said in a statement. "This is the first intervention-based study to prospectively demonstrate that when parents increase their activity, children increase theirs as well. The effect was more pronounced on weekends."

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