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Families More Likely to Be Sedentary than Physically Active

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Eating, watching TV, and doing homework are the top activities moms and kids do together.
Air Date: 9/25/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Abigail Cuffey, Health Director at Woman’s Day
Abigail CuffeyAbigail Cuffey is the health director at Woman's Day magazine where she oversees the health content in every issue and manages all health-related brand extensions, such as the annual Red Dress Awards event and the Live Longer & Stronger program.

Previously, she's worked for other national publications and contributed to various outlets as a health writer. She's an avid runner and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Families More Likely to Be Sedentary than Physically Active
If the last activity you did with your child was watching TV, playing a video game, or just sitting down, you're not alone.

According to a new survey conducted by Woman's Day and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, families aren't getting enough physical activity and are living a more sedentary lifestyle.

According to the survey, when mothers spend 10 minutes or more doing something with their children, it is more likely to be sedentary or involve a screen than be physical.

From the survey, the top three activities mothers and children do together are: eating a meal (90 percent), watching television (79 percent), and doing homework (65 percent).

Only half of the 1,154 moms surveyed had gone out together for a walk, run, or bike ride with their kids (ages 5 to 18) in the last week, and just 26 percent had played a sport, run around, or danced together.

You might be busy juggling multiple tasks, but in order to live a healthy life and to set an example for your children, you may want to consider making small changes to your lifestyle.

Health Director at Woman's Day, Abigail Cuffey, shares results from a recent survey on physical activity, and how you can be more active with your children.
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