Almost 800 children in Norway were assessed for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at ages 6, 8, and 10 years old. Researchers found those with higher levels of MVPA at 6 and 8 years old experienced fewer symptoms of depression 2 years later. Each hour of MVPA per day resulted in about 0.2 fewer depression symptoms, similar to the results obtained by psychosocial intervention programs.

LifeTip: Encourage your schools to make certain each day includes time set aside for MVPA. Watch “Maximize Mental Performance” with Dr. David DeRose for additional recommendations.

Adapted from PositiveChoices.com

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