Saturday, September 3, 2016

Reason to Hike No. 49: Reduce odds of suffering Type 2 diabetes

As obesity continues to rise in America's children, so also does the rate of Type 2 diabetes. Hiking can strike a blow to that health threat, though.

Children engaged in active outside play enjoy lower rates of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who remained sedentary and inside, according to research published in a 2010 edition of Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care.

Hiking offers physical activity that many children enjoy as they discover the wonders of nature around them. Trails can range from fairly flat and paved paths through green city parks to steep ascents on narrow, uneven dirt routes, so a route easily can be found that matches a child's physical abilities.

Learn about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.