chapter  5
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Physical Activity

In addition to forming a basis for lifelong health, physical activity can provide flexible non-pharmacologic approaches to help in the treatment of many of the chronic medical conditions prevalent in pediatrics such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and asthma. Despite these benefits, patterns of physical activity in children have declined dramatically over time as sedentary time has increased. This is due to a number of factors, including societal shifts to a more suburban society and intrusion of technology into day-to-day life (Jones et al. 2013; Downing, Hnatiuk, and Hesketh 2015).