Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput’s soon-to-be-published research, which looks at whether moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity is more critical to childhood cardiometabolic health than overall sedentary time, has been featured in two Ottawa Citizen articles today. The articles are “Sitting is bad for kids’ health, but exercise can reduce the risk: CHEO study” and “What kind of couch potato are you?”
From the first article:
Exercising more or sitting less: which is more important for children?
CHEO researcher Jean-Philippe Chaput, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Ottawa, wanted to tease out which was more important.
He and his colleagues at the Université de Montréal, McGill University, and Laval University found that when it comes to risks for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, being physically active throughout the day matters more than limiting the amount of time kids spend sitting.