Exercise improves test scores, study of Minnesota students finds

Originally published Dec. 6, 2017 in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


It’s no secret that physically active kids are healthier, but a state study released Wednesday found that they also do better on reading and writing, and even school attendance.

Fourteen schools in central and northern Minnesota each received $10,000 to implement three-year physical activity programs under a study conducted by the state’s departments of Health and Education.

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More Physical Activity Each Day Could Improve Academics For Children, Teens

Originally published Nov. 30, 2017 in Forbes.

Increasing the amount of physical activity children and teens get each day can boost academic skills, found a new study that analyzed past research on the topic. Students’ math, reading and language skills showed improvement in most studies when students participated in school programs that increased their physical activity up to an hour a day.

“Overall, with this review, we show that physical activity programs significantly benefit multiple facets of academic achievement: mathematics-related skills, reading and composite scores,” wrote Celia Álvarez-Bueno, MSc, of the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spain, and her colleagues in the journal Pediatrics. “Additionally, we show that classroom behaviors are improved after physical activity interventions.”

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Helping students stay active

Originally posted Nov. 23, 2017 in the Michigan City News-Dispatch.

By BEN DAVIS – Staff Writer

MICHIGAN CITY — For the second straight school year, Saint Stanislaus Kostka is implementing programming designed to help students stay healthy.

The school is partnering with Franciscan Health Michigan City and other local health and wellness agencies to help their students stay active and fit both in and out of school.

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Teach physical education every day because it boosts the brain, say scientists

Originally published Nov. 24, 2017 in The Telegraph.

Physical education should be taught every day at school because exercise boosts brain size and improves academic performance, a study has shown for the first time.

Researchers from the University of Granada found that youngsters who took part in exercise for at least three nights a week had more grey matter in areas of the brain linked to reading and verbal communication.

“Our work aims at answering questions such as whether the brain of children with better physical fitness is different from that of children with worse physical fitness and if this affects their academic performance,” said Professor Francisco Ortega of the university’s Sport and Health Institute.

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Program uses heart rate monitors to track and motivate students

Originally published Nov. 21, 2017 by KOLO-TV, Reno.

During P.E. Tuesday morning, you can tell the seventh graders in the gym at Pine Middle School are working hard. And they can tell, too, because some of them are wearing something on their wrists that let them know their level of exertion.

“I call it a heart rate monitor,” says Malia Miles, a seventh-grade student at the school.

Miles is one of the students at the middle school participating in a pilot program. She gets to borrow the wrist heart monitors twice a week during P.E. as she tries to get her heart rate up for at least 20 minutes. Read More