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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2013 January-February;172(1-2):31-4

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Physical activity in high-school students improves school performance and happiness levels: a pilot study

Shirvani M. E. 1, Pourabbasi A. 2, Khashayar P. 3

1 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran;
2 Educational Medicine Research Center, Ehsan Educational institute, Tehran, Iran;
3 Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran


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Aim: Nowadays, the frequent use of digital technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle. Reduced physical activity has made children and adolescents more vulnerable to developing various health conditions based on their health status. The present study was conducted to determine the relation between the physical activity and happiness levels along with the school performance in high school students.
Methods: Forty five tenth grade male students were recruited in this obsevational study. Their physical activity levels were recorded using a questionnaire. Two school consultants were in charge of evaluating the happiness level in these students. The students’ DPA in the current semester was considered as an index for evaluating their school performance. Data on their growth indices was also extracted from their medical record.
Results: Data analysis revealed higher happiness scores in students exercising for more than 30 minutes per day (P<0.05). Moreover, school performance was better in students with happiness scores equal or higher than five; the difference, however, was not statistically significant.
Conclusion: Increasing the intensity of physical activity is an effective strategy in improving mental health among students. Educational policy makers, therefore, should shift their attention towards increasing physical activity in schools to improve happiness and school performance among students.

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