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Exercise and Academics

Bringing Exercise to the Classroom, how and what to do


Here is a link to the best article on why kids need exercise in school:  Learning To Move, Moving To Learn: The Benefits Of PE


Want to get an ‘A’? Exercise an hour a day, Studies show that kids who get more physical activity score better on tests.


Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning


Poor motor performance linked to poor academic skills, Science Daily


Why Does Physical Inactivity Drain Human Brain Power?


What the research says: Can exercise make you smarter?


Childhood Obesity is Killing America’s Children


How exercise helps children think better


Colorado Schools Embrace Theory: Kids Learn Better When They Get Moving


ISU study finds activity helps kids learn

Exercise Makes Kids’ Brains More Efficient

Exercise and psychological health of our children


A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids


Exercise can relieve ADHD symptoms in children!


Incorporating Exercise Into Classroom Lessons Increases Children's Physical Activity Levels


Effects of the FITKids Randomized Controlled Trial on Executive Control and Brain Function These findings demonstrate a causal effect of a an exercise program on executive control, and provide support for exercise for improving childhood cognition and brain health


Flex your child's brain with exercise          


The Benefits of Exercise in the Classroom - Effects of Exercise on Learning and Education


University of Alberta researchers say the more kids exercise the better the brain


Exercising Early in Life May Help Promote a Healthy Brain and Metabolism


Kids with Greater Aerobic Fitness May Have Better Memory Function

Exercise reduces suicide attempts by 23 percent among bullied teens

As high schools across the country continue to reduce physical education, recess, and athletic programs, a new study shows that regular exercise significantly reduces both suicidal thoughts and attempts among students who are bullied.



While exercise is good for the body, John J. Ratey, MD, argues it is more important for the brain, especially when it comes to students in the classroom. Citing scientific studies and real-world examples, this internationally recognized expert in the brain-exercise connection demonstrates how we can raise test scores, lower behavioral problems, and help the overall well-being of today's students with fitness-based physical education. Here's Dr. Ratey discussing his research:





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