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Physical Activity and Academics: Members

This page will be devoted to sharing information on the impact of physical activity and academic performance.


Physical Activity and the Brain – Featured Article  Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

Physical Activity and the Brain
Physical Activity and the Brain
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The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

“When children and adolescents participate in the recommended level of physical activity—at least 60 minutes daily—multiple health benefits accrue.”

PE Results: “Eleven of the 14 studies found one or more positive associations between school-based physical education and indicators of academic performance; the remaining three studies found no significant associations.”

Recess Results: “All eight studies found one or more positive associations between recess and indicators of cognitive skills, attitudes, and academic behavior; none of the studies found negative associations.”

The Association Between PA & PE
The Association Between PA & PE
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Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Third-Fifth Grade Students

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17568069

“The relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement has received much attention owing to the increasing prevalence of children who are overweight and unfit, as well as the inescapable pressure on schools to produce students who meet academic standards. This study examined 259 public school students in third and fifth grades and found that field tests of physical fitness were positively related to academic achievement.

Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in 3rd and 5th grade students.
Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in 3rd and 5th grade students.
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Physical Activity/Fitness linked to improved reading skills in children

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1113161451/physical-fitness-children-linked-to-language-skills-060314/

Fit kids are not only healthier and engage in more physical activity than the average student, but they also have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses while reading, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Illinois. The findings were published in the Brain and Cognition journal.


The Learning Connection- Action for Healthy Kids

http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/storage/documents/pdfs/afhk_thelearningconnection_digitaledition.pdf

What you need to know to ensure your kids are healthy and ready to learn.

The Learning Connection
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 A Study of the Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academics Achievement in California 2004

 

One of the first and often cited studies on the link between physical fitness scores and academics Standardized testing in language arts and math.

A Study of the Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in California Using  2004 Test Results
A Study of the Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in California Using 2004 Test Results
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Active Living Research Report

Active Education: Growing evidence on physical activity and academic performance.

ALR Brief- Active Education
ALR Brief- Active Education
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New Evidence: What better academic results?  Focus on increasing physical activity.

http://www.sportsfeatures.com/presspoint/pressrelease/54926/new-evidence-want-better-academic-results-focus-on-increasing-physical-activity

“Evidence has suggested that short bouts of physical activity (i.e., 20 minutes of walking on a treadmill) lead to positive changes in brain function, cognition/attention, and academic performance on achievement tests of math and reading,” says Professor Charles Hillman, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the lead author on the story that appeared on Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.  PHIT America

New Evidence: Want Better Academic Results? Focus on Increasing Physical Activity!
New Evidence: Want Better Academic Results? Focus on Increasing Physical Activity!
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Physical Activity and Academic Achievement – CDC Podcast

http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=8634967

This podcast highlights the evidence that supports the link between physical activity and improved academic achievement. It also identifies a few actions to support a comprehensive school physical activity program to improve academic achievement.


Active Education: Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Academic Performance  ALR

http://activelivingresearch.org/active-education-physical-education-physical-activity-and-academic-performance

1. “Sacrificing physical education time for classroom time does not improve instruction.” 2. Kids who are more physically active tend to perform better academically.  3. Kids who are physically fit are likely to have stronger academic performance and  4.  Activity Breaks can improve cognitive performance and classroom behavior.

Active Education: PE, PA and Academic Performance
Active Education: PE, PA and Academic Performance
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Health and Academic Achievement

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/health-academic-achievement.pdf

Document’s core messages include 1. Healthy students are better learners, 2. Schools can influence eating and physical activity behaviors, 3. Healthy, successful students help build strong communities, and All students deserve the opportunity to be healthy and successful.     CDC   www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth

Health and Academic Achievement
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Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18314/educating-the-student-body-taking-physical-activity-and-physical-education

Physical activity is central to health, and its importance clearly extends beyond its role in achieving energy balance to prevent and treat obesity and overweight. Adequate daily physical activity improves cardiovascular health, metabolic health, brain and mental health, and musculoskeletal health—benefits that recent research shows are gained across the life span.


 

 The association between school-based physical activity, including physical education and academic performance.

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf

U.S. Department of Health Services with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. July 2010.

 

Mind and Body: New Research Ties Physical Activity and Fitness to Academic Success.

http://www.fmschools.org/webpages/twiniecki/files/American%20School%20Board%20Journal,%20March%202006.pdf

Vail, Kathleen National School Board Journal March 2006.


 

Effect of Physical Education and Activity Levels on Academic Achievement in Children.


 

Relationships of Physical Activity to Brain Health and Academic Performance of School Children

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

 

Is There a Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement?  Positive Results From Public School Children in the Northeastern United States,

http://www.fmschools.org/webpages/twiniecki/files/Relationships%20of%20Physical%20Activity%20to%20Brain%20Health%20and%20the%20Academic%20Performance%20of%20Schoolchildren.pdf

Trudeau &  Shephard.  2009 Journal of Health

 Fit kids finish first in the classroom.

Coe , Pivarnik , Womack , Reeves, & Malina.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness December 2012.

 

The importance of physical activity and aerobic fitness for cognitive control and memory in children.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25387414

 

Hillman May 2014.


 

The relationship between physical activity, weight, and academic achievement.

http://saferoutespartnership.org/resourcecenter/research/the-relationship-between-physical-activity-weight-and-academic-achievement

Safe routes to school national center. 2011

 


 

Physical Activity & Academics

Physical Activity & Academics

School-Based Physical Fitness and the Link to Student Academic Outcomes and Improved School Climate

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

 

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) just released a new brief, School-Based Physical Fitness, and the Link to Student Academic Outcomes and Improved School Climate, outlining the growing body of evidence related to the value of school-based physical fitness. The brief outlines research suggesting that physical activity (PA) and physical education (PE) programming offered within the context of the school day are not only essential for children’s healthy development but are positively linked to children’s academic achievement. In addition, the report indicates that, when carefully designed and implemented, these activities have the potential to positively impact school climate and conditions for learning in schools. http://1.usa.gov/1l2KtOr

 

School-Based Physical Fitness and the Link to Student Academic Outcomes and Improved School Climate
School-Based Physical Fitness and the Link to Student Academic Outcomes and Improved School Climate
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