A recent Institute of Medicine report told us something we already knew, but could have forgotten: children actively involved in sports do better in school.
Their summary stated, “Exercise can significantly improve children’s cognitive ability and academic performance, as well as improve their health.”
Exercise improves a student’s ability to focus, move through routine tasks easily, enhances working memory and problem solving. This information in an era when some schools are reducing funding on physical education is concerning, and alerts parents to seek community programs. Ideally, students should be physically active sixty minutes per day.
Sarah C. Reese Executive Director, Informed Educational Solutions
- Exercise and Academic Performance – NYTimes.com (inspirededucationalist.wordpress.com)
- 60-Minutes Of Daily Physical Activity Should Be Available For All Schoolchildren (medicalnewstoday.com)