Exercise Is Linked To Mental Health For Teens.

(From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL) - The Wall Street Journal Online.

A new study about mental health in teenagers suggests that physical activity may help decrease feelings of sadness and contemplation of suicide.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota, directed questions about physical activity and mental health to about 1,400 adolescents, white and Hispanic, ages 14-18 at Texas high schools. Students attending more physical-education sessions per week were less likely to report feelings of sadness, the study found. Participation in a greater number of sessions of physical activity was significantly associated with a lower risk of considering suicide.

The authors said the study suggests physical-education classes may help in decreasing the risk of sadness and suicidal behaviors, and enhancing self-esteem.

The study appears in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires
2004-08-02 - 21:48 EST