Are Active Kids Less Prone To Depression?
    Exercise has long been advocated as an antidote for adult depression, but is the same true for kids?
    Researchers at the University of Georgia,  Athens followed nearly 4,600 middle-school children for two years.  They concluded that the more active the children were the less likely they were to show signs of depression.  Furthermore, when activity levels increased, depression symptoms decreased.  Likewise, when kids stopped exercising as much, the depression scores tended to go up.
    It is still unclear, however, if these findings represent a cause-and-effect relationship, in that it is possible that feelings of depression caused some kids to become less active.  Even so, the evidence suggesting that exercise could possibly treat or even prevent depression are strong.  Previous studies have demonstrated that physical activity has an affect on norepinephrine and serotonin levels which are the nervous system chemicals targeted by many antidepressants.
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Last Modified on August 17, 2016