Why Children Should Be Active Before School

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Paying attention all day in school as a kid is far from easy, especially for those who are at a higher risk of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont suggests that offering daily pre-school activities to younger at-risk children could prevent the symptoms of ADHD, both in the classroom and at home. Those symptoms include inattentiveness, moodiness and difficulty getting along with others.

The results can be found in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Alan Smith, chairperson of MSU’s Department of Kinesiology, who also conducted the research with author Betsy Hoza, said that these early activities can prevent ADHD.

“Early studies suggest that physical activity can have a positive effect on children who suffer from ADHD. Although our findings indicated that all participants showed improvements, children with ADHD risk receiving exercise benefited across a broader range of outcomes than those receiving the sedentary activities.”

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