Making The Fitness Grade

We're you one of those kids who conquered all gym class feats of athleticism? Then it's likely you were also a pretty good student. That's what research published in the Journal of School Health found. Scientists studied the relationship between fitness and scholarship in diverse groups of elementary and middle school students during the 2004 2005 academic year. The odds of passing standardized math and English tests increased with the level of fitness attained.

The Bigger Picture: This research adds to the volumes of data underscoring the far-reaching benefits of regular physical activity. If your kids attend a school that doesn't place much value on gym class, fitness benefits can be realized outside the school day. Enrolling in park district, health club and other programs can close the fitness gap. So can allowing enough time for athletically themed family activities.
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