More Exercise Can Help Kids Get Better Grades

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More Exercise Can Help Kids Get Better Grades
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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 8:54pm

MONDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A Dutch review of prior research reveals that the more physically active school-aged children are, the better they fare in the classroom.

Most of the studies in the review had been conducted in the United States, while one came out of Canada and the other out of South Africa.

The findings are published in the January issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

"We found strong evidence of a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance," the researchers, led by Amika Singh of the Vrije Universiteit University Medical Center at the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, said in a journal news release.

"The findings of one high-quality intervention study and one high-quality observational study suggest that being more physically active is positively related to improved academic performance in children," the authors noted.

Fourteen studies were analyzed; they ranged in size from about 50 participants to as many as 12,000 and involved children between the ages of 6 and 18.

The investigators noted that increases in blood and oxygen flow to the brain that accompanies exercise may play a role in improving classroom performance. The suggestion is that the dynamic prompts an increase in levels of hormones responsible for curtailing stress and boosting mood, while at the same time prompting the establishment of new nerve cells and synapse flexibility.

The Dutch team cautioned, however, that more rigorous work is needed to confirm the connection.

"Relatively few studies of high methodological quality have explored the relationship between physical activity and academic performance," they acknowledged. "More high-quality studies are needed on the dose-response relationship between physical activity and academic performance and on the explanatory mechanisms, using reliable and valid measurement instruments to assess this relationship accurately."



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We've been saying this for years!!!




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Registered: 09-12-2003

we did too but people did sue as much back then. The only reason my sister kids can't go on when there is snow is there is no place to play. They have to pile the snow from the parking lot into where the play equipment is there just is no other place for it and there is no other open area for play, but they built the school with indoor play places for bad weather. Liam's school depending on the teacher they do go out if its not below 20 but they have an option too go to the library or do a math game. Was SHOCKED Liam choose the math game friday but he really likes the teacher that does it, he has him in after school and really wishing HE was Liam's teacher this year but oh well

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When I was a kid (I no longer live in a high snow fall area) we played in the snow. I do not understand this idea that kids can't touch the snow that schools have now. And yes, we had poor kids. Kids were expected to dress appropriately, bring boots as well as shoes, have mittens. There were extras of mittens if you didn't have them. And yes, we played on those plowed piles of snow in the school yard - but we were not allowed to dig holes in the ones along side the road in case the plow came along and collapsed it on top of us. But in the school yard, it really made no difference - King of the Mountain was a popular game.
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At Liam's school there is a coutyard with a playground on 1 side, the courtyard gets plowed the playground cannot be so when they are out on warm winter days they must stay in courtyard which is usually smaller depending on amount of snow. For recess not an issue for morning line it seems 10 times more crowded PLUS the kids can't touch the snow. Last winter was horrible we had above average snow falls with over a foot each time. At one point we had over 7ft of snow on the ground and for a poplustion condenced city there is NO PLACE to put the snow. So we had these huge snow pills and keeping kids from snow is like bringing donuts to an overeaters meeting and telling them they can't have it so it became a loosing battle and they kept them in until it melted

Now my sister kids school when there is snow on the ground they have no outdoor space for the kids to play so they have to be in but her kids school is smaller so they can use the gym or auditurim at Liam's school those are usually used all day long

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Well, two thoughts here. First, maybe this explains the decline in test scores that everyone talks about (as recess, gym and such keep getting shortened in the name of having more academic time.)

Second, as much as I really think that NCLB is totally flawed (some kids will NEVER be on grade level) maybe more exercise would help bring up some scores!

Bring back recess and make it akin to child abuse to punish a child by denying time to run around!
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I agree. There are so many days Nathaniel comes home and tells me that they didn't go outside today, so ridiculous. We take our kids out at my school unless it is below 20 and we tell the parents to send the right clothing for them. If someone forgets we always have extras. I have an afternoon teacher who always gives me a hard time about taking the kids out. To her it is either to hot if it is over 80 and too cold if it is below 50.

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I know as a teacher myself that my children work so much better and have so much more concentration after we get outside in the morning before class starts.

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Well there is that argument against taking away recess for not doing your homework! I hope a lot of teachers and administrators saw this!

Our school also allows the kids to go outside any time it is over 20 (and not raining, of course). The kids are all required to bring snow suits, boots, gloves and hats in the winter so they can play outside even when there is snow.
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Registered: 09-12-2003

This was on our news this morning and SO convinced someone at school saw it. We do line up outside except when its raining, snowing or very cold, well don't think it was much over 20 which in my book is pretty cold but those kids were outside. Great for them they get to run around get warm, not so fun for parents. We go early mostly so he can get that early play time. More for him to get the excess energy out BEFORE school starts and I am sure on those days they have to line up inside, since they have to pretty much stand in lines until teachers come, its a totally different classroom experience...

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