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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Move it and lose the blues

Exercise and sports -- at least one hour three times a week -- are a natural anti-depressant for teenagers, according to an analysis of data from 21 studies, writes Dennis Thompson on Medical Xpress. The study was published online Jan. 3 in JAMA Pediatrics.

In 2021, nearly one in four young adults said they had recently sought and received mental health treatment, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Physical activity improves mental and physical health, promotes high-quality sleep and builds social skills, researchers conclude.

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11 de jan. de 2023

As a parent of four full-time elite athletes, who are still trim and fit as adults, and as someone who also exercises daily, I am very much in favor of regular exercise and eating healthy. However, aside from plenty of recess, I don’t think school hours are the best time to do it. a

In my experience, that of my kids, and even that of my mother, the kids who most need exercise will manage to get the least in PE. After ES, kids need to change before/after and shower after; wasting the whole period. Before and after school time can be used; especially in areas where schoolbus transportation is unnecessary. It really comes down to parents making good fitness…

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