Adding Mental Health to Teen Health Programs
Researchers Suggest Adding a Mental Health Component to Teen Health Programs
Medical News Today
September 13, 2013
Adding a mental health component to school-based lifestyle programs for teens could be key to lowering obesity, improving grades, alleviating severe depression, and reducing substance use, a new study suggests. As a group, high-school students who participated in an intervention that emphasized building cognitive behavioral skills in addition to nutrition and physical activity had a lower average body mass index, better social behaviors, higher health class grades, and drank less alcohol than did teenagers in a class with standard health lessons. Symptoms in teens who were severely depressed also dropped to normal levels at the end of the semester compared to the control group, whose symptoms remained elevated.
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