The CDC Agrees: School-based Physical Activity Improves Academic Performance

When children and adolescents participate in the recommended level of physical activity—at least 60 minutes daily—multiple health bene ts accrue. Most youth, however, do not engage in recommended levels of physical activity. Schools provide a unique venue for youth to meet the activity recommendations, as they serve nearly 56 million youth. At the same time, schools face increasing challenges in allocating time for physical education and physical activity during the school day.

There is a growing body of research focused on the association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance among school-aged youth. To better understand these connections, this review includes studies from a range of physical activity contexts, including school-based physical education, recess, classroom-based physical activity (outside of physical education and recess), and extracurricular physical activity. The purpose of this report is to synthesize the scienti c literature that has examined the association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance, including indicators of cognitive skills and attitudes, academic behaviors, and academic achievement.

Read the Report:  https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf

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