The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation just published an extensive study on the relationship between physical activity and academic performance among children and adolescents. The results are parallel to the outcomes we've seen in schools that integrate PE4life! The study found the following statements to be true:
- Sacrificing physical education for classroom time does not improve academic performance.
- Kids who are more physically active tend to perform better academically.
- Kids who are physically fit are likely to have stronger academic performance.
- Activity breaks can improve cognitive performance and classroom behavior.
Based on the success we've seen in the past few months and this astounding research study, it seems like people are finally starting to "GET IT" - physical activity equals an all around healthy child - physically and mentally! Are people in your area "GETTING IT?"