Resources

Studies Show Tremendous Results

CBC News (2009) reported on a study of the effects of exercise in the classroom at City Park High School in Saskatoon.  The school put treadmills and exercise bikes into a math classroom and before doing any math, the kids did 20 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise.  Being an alternative school for kids with learning difficulties, and over half the students with ADHD, the exercise altered their brain chemistry enough to make learning possible, and greatly improved their behavior.  They reported attention span of students increased from 10 minutes to 3 hours, and students reported feeling happier, less angry, and definitely smarter.

Although it is not possible to fill every school with exercise equipment, there are small ways we can increase daily physical activity to reap similar academic benefits.  IntelleBoost is dedicated to providing tools to help teachers provide a variety of activities so that students can be physically active throughout the day and year.

Organizations

Let’s Move! 
America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

www.letsmove.gov

Health Mpowers
Empowering students to make healthy choices
healthmpowers.org

Active Living Research
National program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
activelivingresearch.org

Kids Health from Nemours
kidshealth.org

Articles

Gurd, Vreni.  Exercise Improves Learning.  Trusted MD.  April, 2009.

Neighmond, Patti.  Exercise Helps Students in the Classroom.  NPR. August, 2006.

References

Jarrett OS, Maxwell DM, Dickerson C, Hoge P, Davies G, Yetley A.  Impact of recess on classroom behavior: group effects and individual differences.  The Journal of Education Research  1998;92: 121-126.

McNaughten D, Gabbard C. Physical exertion and immediate mental performance of sixth-grade children.  Perceptual and Motor Skills  1993;77: 1155-1159.

Nelson MC, Gordon-Larson P. Physical activity and sedentary behavior patterns are associated with selected adolescent health risk behaviors.  Pediatrics 2006;117:1281-1290.

 

Let’s Move!

America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake”. 
– First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010

Positive Effects of Physical Activity in the Classroom

  • Physical education has been substantially reduced among U.S. schools.  (activelivingresearch.com)
  • Sacrificing physical education for classroom time does not improve academic performance. (activelivingresearch.com)
  • Kids who are more physically active tend to perform better academically.  (Nelson & Gordon-Larson, 2006)
  • Activity breaks can improve cognitive performance and classroom behavior. (Jarrett et al., 1998)
  • Short activity breaks during the school day can actually improve students’ concentration skills. (McNaughten & Gabbard, 1993)