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Study: Active Kids Less Likely to Get Into Trouble

Study: Active Kids Less Likely to Get Into Trouble

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(KSL News) Another study done at University of North Carolina goes right along with the one about teens and their television habits.

This second study says kids who are active are less likely to get in trouble, even if that activity isn't a group activity.

For example, parents often encourage their kids to play team sports, but studies show even kids who skateboard, are better off. They're more likely to avoid experimenting with things like drinking and smoking.

Penny Gordon-Larsen/ PhD, Researcher: "I think that is a group we see as being a little more on the risky side, but instead of being on the risky side they were actually protected from those behaviors."

Researchers say kids who play pick-up games at their local recreation centers also have a lower risk of getting into trouble. The key is to keep teens active.

Also, they also say the more involved a parent is in a child's life, the better.

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