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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School program gets students’ brains, bodies moving

Originally published Sept. 10, 2017 in the Record-Eagle.

Munson awards TCAPS $42K to grow ‘movement labs’

TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Radecki knows a little bit of movement can go a long way to getting kids’ brains pumping.

The physical education teacher at Traverse City Area Public Schools Central Grade Elementary sees it firsthand working with kindergartners in the school’s movement lab — a program that combines exercise with reading and writing lessons into games to keep kids’ brains and bodies active.

“After they’re active, their brains are on fire,” Radecki said. “They’re ready to learn.”

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