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Study Shows That Physical Activity May Lessen Childhood Depression

By wochit 01 February 2017

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, or NTNU, have found that physical activity can lessen symptoms of depression in children. Researchers followed roughly 800 children starting when they were 6 years old and did follow-up analysis of 700 of them when they were 8 and 10 years old, measuring physical activity levels with accelerometers and conducting parent interviews regarding mental health. "Being active, getting sweaty and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits," Tonje Zahl, a Ph. D. candidate at NTNU and first author of the study, said in a press release.