New Study Suggests Exercise Can Help Kids with ADHD

Researchers find that 30 minutes of exercise before school could help kids with hyperactivity and paying attention.
1:40 | 09/10/14

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a new study suggesting what could be a simple remedy for add. 30 minutes of activity before school can help with attention. More than 6 million kids have been diagnosed with add? It's much higher than that. 10% of children have been given the diagnosis. And over half of them are on medication. Everyone's trying to figure out, is there something we can do for these kids, besides putting them on medication. They took 100 kids who had symptoms and gave them 30 minutes of exercise or art class before school. Their mood, their behavior, it improved. And these are kids not on medication. You keep talking about the medications because a lot of parents say that's what they do. Is this in lieu of? This study doesn't answer that. They didn't take kids on medication and see how they do on medication or physical activity. But it points to the fact you have to look at the whole child. Physical activity is important for every child. Imagine if you were hyperactive and had to sit in the chair all day at school. You can't focus and do what you need to do. And so many schools are not prioritizing phys-ed these days. That drives me nuts. After no child left behind, there's more focuses on the tests. You can't focus on the tests. And you can't get the job done without that activity. And I hope things like this will have people say, we need that for all children, especially those with add. You write in using #drbchat. Here's what's coming up on

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