Having active friends will influence your children to be active.
A study involving 104 children with an average age of 12.5, found that those who reported having friends who joined them in physical activities were almost twice as likely to be in the most physically active category themselves. Having active friends was found to be a stronger influence than the encouragement or involvement of parents. It should come as no surprise that we can be influenced to adopt better habits by those whom we choose to associate with. These findings are especially significant as parents and teachers seek ways to encourage more activity in their efforts to combat the global epidemic of childhood obesity. “Friends may make the difference in keeping children active,” American Heart Association, March 3, 2015, www.newsroom.heart.org.
Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 25 No. 4, “Lifelines”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283.