Physical Activity In Preschool Can Affect Future Heart Health

A new study has found that physical activity in early childhood may have an impact on their future heart health. Researchers from McMaster University followed the activity levels of more than 400 children between the ages of three and five. They found that physical activity in children as young as three years old benefits blood vessel health, cardiovascular fitness and is key to the prevention of early risk indicators that can lead to adult heart disease. Nicole Proudfoot, a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and lead author on the study said, “Many of us tend to think cardiovascular disease hits in older age, but arteries begin to stiffen when we are very young. It’s important to start any kind of preventative measures early. We need to ensure small children have many opportunities to be active to keep their hearts and blood vessels as healthy as possible.” (EurekaAlert)