Exercise and Your Brain
Select an article below to learn more about how exercise can positively effect how you and your children learn every day.
File Compare brain scans of a sedentary child and an active child taking the same test.pdf
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You won't believe what a 20 minute walk can do for your brain!
File California Study 2004.pdf
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Read how California found a relationship between fitness and academic performance of their students in grades 5, 7 and 9
File American School Board Journal, March 2006.pdf
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Read this article from National School Boards Association touting the connection between fitness in schools and academic achievement
File Aerobic Fitness and Neurocognitive Function in Healthy Preadolescent Children.pdf
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Read how higher fit children are able to process information faster and more accurately.
File Does physical activity influence academic performance.pdf
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Enhanced brain function, energy levels, body builds/perceptions, self-esteem, and behavior have been attributed to physical activity and to improved academic performance.
File Effects of health relate pe on academic achievement Project SPARK.pdf
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Read how findings showed that time spent in Physical Education class does not detract from academic success.
File exercise and academic performance.pdf
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Exercise can have positive effects on academic achievement by reducing anxiety and stress, increasing concentration and building confidence.
File PE Fact Sheet AHA ACS ADA.pdf
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See how physically active children can thrive academically and socially
File Physical Activity and Learning Go Hand in Hand.pdf
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The best way to nourish children's brainpower is to get them up and moving
File Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Third and Fifth Grade Students.pdf
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Aerobic capacity was positively associated with academic achievement.
The Effect of Physical Education and Activity Levels on the Academic Achievement of Children
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Higher grades were associated with vigorous physical activity, particularly activity meeting recommended Healthy People 2010 levels
File The Role of Sound Nutrition and Physical Activity in Academic Achievement.pdf
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A summary of current research showing how sound nutrition and fitness activities make a student better able to learn
File Relationships of Physical Activity to Brain Health and the Academic Performance of Schoolchildren.pdf
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It can be concluded that the physical activity needed for healthy child development can be incorporated into the school curriculum without detdetriment to academic achievement
File Improved learning Through Physical Activity.pdf
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Physical activity was a significant, positive predictor of academic achievement
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This study focused on children in the northeastern United States
Exercise Seen as Priming Pump for Students’ Academic Strides
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Read how Naperville HS uses exercise to raise their students' test scores
File Promoting Physical Education, the Link to Academic Achievement.pdf
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Read through this JOPERD 2009 article that looks at the research on this topic
Why We Should Not Cut P.E.
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Here is an article from the Dec '09/Jan '10 issue of "Educational Leadership" that summarizes much of the research supporting the connection between physical education and academic achievement.
Justifying PE Based on Neuroscience Evidence
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Read evidence from the field of Neuroscience that documents the importance of physical education learning to "academic" learning. See how they are not mutually exclusive. Rather see how sound physical education and physical fitness enhances brain function.
File The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance.pdf
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Read a summary of research connecting physical activity and academic performance
File The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity,.pdf
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Read a full text version of the above summary, including summaries of all of the collected research
The Association Between School Based Physical Activity, Including P.E. and Physical Activity
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Read through this report from the US Department of Health and Human Services that shows this connection.
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Physically fit students tend to outscore their peers who are less-fit on academic tests
A New Report from the NYS Health Department and the NYS Department of Education Finds Physical Fitness Is Associated with Higher Academic Achievement among New York City Public School Students
Physical education, school physical activity, school sports and academic performance
Given competent providers, physical activity can be added to the school curriculum by taking time from other subjects without risk of hindering student academic achievement. On the other hand, adding time to "academic" or "curricular" subjects by taking time from physical education programes does not enhance grades in these subjects and may be detrimental to health.
Physical Education and Academic Achievement in Elementary School
Concerns about adverse effects on achievement may not be legitimate reasons to limit physical education programs.
School Ties in Gym with Learning
Read how Naperville HS uses current brain research to help their students learn
Learning Readiness PE
See an overview of the PE program at Naperville. Get a great background by clicking on "Articles and Videos," then click on "Active Brain 2009 Part 1" and "Active Brain 2009 Part 2" for two great videos showing exactly how this all came to be! Also, click on "LRPE" to see a discussion, led by the Naperville Superintendant about the positive effects of exercise on their High School students.
Dr. John Rayey's presentation of exercise and the brain
Here is a video of Dr. John Ratey giving a full presentation of all of exercise's positive effects on the human body.
How Exercise Promotes Learning
See a short video of Dr. John Ratey outlining how exercise helps the brain.
Watch this 15:00 documentary dealing with a pilot exercise program that changed behavior problems in school.
Here is a 10:00 video of Dr. John Ratey speaking at a conference in California about how exercise positively influences learning.
Reading, writing, arithmetic, and aerobics -- Evaluating the new 'R' in academic performance.
Read how aerobic activity helps you learn.
See what being "physically literate" means to you and your child and why it is so important!
See the difference in brain activity between a sedentary and active student!