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According to a University of Calgary study, 30 minutes of physical activity a day does keep the doctor away.

According to a University of Calgary study, 30 minutes of physical activity a day does keep the doctor away.

“Across Canada and across Alberta, childhood obesity rates are rising,” said Dr. Christine Kennedy, a pediatrician in emergency medicine at the U of C.

In September 2005, the provincial government released guidelines requiring students in grades 1 to 9 to perform at least 30 minutes of activity a day while at school.

After interviewing students in grades 1 to 6 at 55 of the city’s public and private schools in 2007, Kennedy found that the schools were 100 per cent successful in implementing some form of exercise.

“It shows that schools can play a really important role in promoting physical activity in children and youth,” said Deborah Dewey, PhD, a professor in the department of pediatrics and community health sciences.

“I think schools are partners with parents. Schools play an important role in kids’ lives, but I think parents and schools really have to work together,” she said.

 
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