Physical Fitness Tied To Better Mental Health Among Children, Teens, Study Finds

Posted on April 30, 2024

The New York Times (4/29) reports, “Physical fitness among children and adolescents may protect against developing depressive symptoms, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a study published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.” Researchers “also found that better performance in cardiovascular activities, strength and muscular endurance were each associated with greater protection against such mental health conditions.” The results “come amid a surge of mental health diagnoses among children and adolescents, in the United States and abroad, that have prompted efforts to understand and curb the problem.”

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