Get involved: Fit Kids Get Better Grades

Written by: Rosa Ramirez

As a parent you know that healthy, active, well-nourished students are better prepared to learn. But how do you transform that knowledge into action in your child’s everyday school environment? A growing body of evidence suggests that a healthy and physically active student is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.

A new study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness shows how academic performance relates to all aspects of physical fitness, including body fat, muscular strength, flexibility, and endurance. Conducted at Michigan State University, this new research showed the fittest children got the highest test scores and the best grades, regardless of gender or whether they’d yet gone through puberty.

“Fit kids are more likely to be fit adults,” co-author James Pivarnik said. “And now we see that fitness is tied to academic achievement. So hopefully the fitness and the success will both continue together.”

Schools play a powerful role in shaping students’ lifelong physical activity behaviors. The findings suggest that schools which cut physical education and recess to focus on core subjects “may undermine students’ success on the standardized tests that affect school funding and prestige,” said Pivarnik, MSU professor of kinesiology.  Of course, such cuts also undermine kids’ fitness and learning. Making fitness a bigger part of children’s lives sets them up not just for lifelong health but for future success in school and beyond.

Research shows that physical activity boosts academic success. Here, students get active playing soccer at school.

Make sure your school is on board with this healthy and smart perspective.  Invite your child’s school principal to a special seminar on Healthy Habits for Lifelong Learning on Tuesday, March 21. This seminar is part of Healthy Schools Campaign’s highly-regarded Fit to Learn professional development initiative. CPD hours will be offered. Principals will learn how to increase physical activity during the school day without compromising instructional time and hear about the latest research on the impact of wellness on student achievement. Details Below.  

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Healthy Habits for Lifelong Learning: 
a Fit to Learn professional development event for principals

Academy for Global Citizenship
4647 W 47th St  Chicago, IL 60632
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (breakfast and registration begin at 8:00 a.m.)

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Please be sure to register by Thursday, March 14.

CPD HOURS: CPD hours will be offered! With this seminar, you can earn professional development hours for your administrator certificate renewal. Remember, individuals employed under administrative certificates must also complete 20 professional development hours for every year of administrative employment on their certificate cycle.

Posted on March 01, 2013 at 1:30 PM