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Kids Less Fit Than Their Parents Were, Study Finds

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

An international analysis of children’s fitness has revealed that today’s kids can’t run as far or as fast as their parents could at their age.  More from The Associated Press:

On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975 for children ages 9 to 17.

The American Heart Association, whose conference featured the research on Tuesday, says it’s the first to show that children’s fitness has declined worldwide over the last three decades.

‘‘It makes sense. We have kids that are less active than before,’’ said Dr. Stephen Daniels, a University of Colorado pediatrician and spokesman for the heart association.

Health experts recommend that children 6 and older get 60 minutes of moderately vigorous activity accumulated over a day. Only one-third of American kids do now.

‘‘Kids aren’t getting enough opportunities to build up that activity over the course of the day,’’ Daniels said. ‘‘Many schools, for economic reasons, don’t have any physical education at all. Some rely on recess’’ to provide exercise.

Sam Kass, a White House chef and head of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program, stressed the role of schools in a speech to the conference on Monday.

‘‘We are currently facing the most sedentary generation of children in our history,’’ Kass said.

The new study was led by Grant Tomkinson, an exercise physiologist at the University of South Australia. Researchers analyzed 50 studies on running fitness — a key measure of cardiovascular health and endurance — involving 25 million children ages 9 to 17 in 28 countries from 1964 to 2010.

Image: Running feet, via Shutterstock

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Marathon Runner Crosses Finish Line, Delivers Baby

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Miller answers media questions with her husband, 19-month-old son, and newborn daughter.

The Chicago Marathon had a remarkable finish for runner Amber Miller.  Shortly after crossing the finish line this past Sunday, Miller says she felt a little “something,” which, 7 hours later, turned into her daughter, June Audra.

Miller was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant on marathon day, and she had been given clearance by her doctor to run two miles and then walk two miles throughout the race, the suburban Chicago newspaper  The Daily Herald reports.  She had run a marathon earlier in her pregnancy, but she had not planned to finish this one.

“I was having a conversation with my parents Saturday night and told them I had no plans of actually finishing. I have run marathons, while pregnant, but not at 38 weeks,” Miller said. “I was planning on maybe running half and skipping to the end and walking across the finish line.”

The Herald reports:

After crossing the finish line in 6 hours and 25 minutes, she felt a contraction.

“I did (feel contractions during the run) but I’ve been running the whole pregnancy and it’s very normal for me to have contractions when I run. So they weren’t anything out of the usual. I wasn’t concerned at all,” she said. “It was right after the race (around 3 p.m.) when they started coming regularly and I said ‘Oh, this is labor.’”

June was born about seven hours later at 10:29 p.m., weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds and 13 ounces.

“Baby is perfect and doing wonderful. I’m feeling as you would expect after giving birth,” Miller said. “I don’t feel anything from the marathon.”

Miller said she was “a little embarrassed” during the run but heard mostly positive comments from other runners and spectators. She could also feel the eyes of police and paramedics following her throughout the course.

(image via: http://www.dailyherald.com)

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