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Implementing physical activity in schools is important for mental health

Originally published June 22, 2018 in Medical News Bulletin.

By Maor Bernshtein

A recent opinion article in JAMA Psychiatry discusses the mental health benefits of implementing regular physical activity in the educational system.

Physical exercise has long been known to be associated with significant improvements in individuals’ mental health and cognitive functioning. In fact, physical activity can reduce stress, improve depressive symptoms, and more. Late adolescence, including individuals who are 15 to 19 years old, is a period specifically characterized by increased stress and an increase in mental health problems, which are likely to persist and reach a peak in early adulthood. As such, physical activity is especially important during late adolescence. Read More