Playing team sports is associated with less depression and better self image in students.
Canadian researchers tracked the school sport participation and mental health of 853 students from grades 8-12. They found that after 5 years, those who were involved in teams sports at school had less depressive symptoms, lower perceived stress and a more positive self-image. Specific causes aren't clear, but researchers hypothesize it may be related to the social bonds fostered in playing together.
PositiveTip: Encourage your teen to join a school team sport they enjoy.
Fitness during transition from the teenage years to adulthood protects against heart disease.
A study of 743,498 Swedish men examined during conscription at about 18 years old has revealed those with lower aerobic fitness levels were significantly more likely to have a heart attack 30+ years later. The obese participants consistently experienced higher rates compared to their leaner peers regardless of fitness level.
PositiveTip: Family activities which lead to consistently greater fitness for teens support better health years in the future.