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Aug 8, 2014 7:15 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Physical fitness may prevent depression in preteens

Physical fitness can help prevent depression in preteens.

A new study of sixth graders found those who performed better on a cardio-respiratory fitness test were less likely to feel depressed during seventh grade.

The effect was strongest in girls, but boys also showed a small mental health benefit from fitness.

Researchers say these findings are important because depression that begins in adolescence often leads to chronic symptoms later in life.

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