MVPA

Minutes of MVPA Matter Most as PE Students Develop Key Exercise Habits

Based on Centers for Disease Control and SHAPE America guidelines and research that highlights the relationship between fitness and academic development, IHT focuses on exercise at an elevated heart rate as the key physical education metric to improve student cardiovascular fitness.

Academic research shows conclusively that exercise at an elevated heart rate correlates to increased longevity, improved cognitive performance, and self-regulation and classroom functioning among children. The following studies provide each demonstrate the benefits that exercise – and exercise at an elevated heart rate – have on student development:

  • Ulrik Wisløff study concluding that even a single weekly bout of exercise at high intensity reduces the risk of cardiovascular death;
  • Shih-Chun Kao study linking academic and cognitive improvement to both aerobic and muscular fitness; and
  • April Bowling research finding that exercise at an elevated heart rate delivers benefits to students with complex behavioral disorders.

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Iowa considers PE, health standards

Originally published Oct. 10, 2018 in the Pilot Tribune.

The Iowa Department of Education has commissioned a team of education professionals to review and recommend statewide standards for physical education and health. Teachers and administrators with Spencer Schools welcomed the effort and shared the school’s current approach to these subject areas.

“There are multitudes of research that relate to how getting that physical movement allows you to perform better academically,” Spencer Schools Director of School Improvement Will Dible said. “Our education and health departments do a fantastic job of making sure that kids are not only aware but provide them with an opportunity to get that exercise in a great way that they can replicate in different facets of their own life. Realistically, we find that it is really integral and meshed in with the needs in our academic respect as well.” Read More