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August 5, 2014 10:51 AM

Encourage kids to participate in sports

Teenage angst is big at the box office: Millions of dollars have been made off a sulky James Dean in “East of Eden,” a grumpy Judd Nelson in “The Breakfast Club,” and the intriguing Ellar Coltrane in this summer’s “Boyhood.” But while you may pay to see adolescents acting out on the big screen, back home you’re probably hoping for children with fewer emotional upsets. Well, one way to help your kids feel good about themselves and their life is to encourage them to participate in school sports teams. Joining a team helps protect teens from stress and depression, which afflict an estimated 23 percent to 40 percent of kids ages 12-17.

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