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Gender differences in exercise encouragement

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A study by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Duke University of nearly 700 parents and their kids suggests there are still some gender differences in how we encourage our sons and daughters to exercise.

For the most part, parents who stressed the importance of high-intensity team sports had more active children, though boys were guided toward these types of sports more often than girls.

Boys were even given more strenuous chores, like yard work and moving furniture.  Families with more children placed greater value on girls being active.

The study was published in Health Psychology in July 2009.

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