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Physical Activity Helpful Tips & Resources

A number of research studies suggest a link between physical activity, student behavior, and academic achievement. In fact, several studies show that physical activity can lead to better concentration, reduced disruptive behaviors, and higher test scores in reading, math, and writing.

Physical Fitness, Academic Achievements, and Behavior

A recent Fitnessgram study shows a clear and consistent relationship between fitness and academic achievement as well as fitness and student behavior regardless of a student’s gender, race, family income, or school district.
(NHPS, 2011)


More Resources on Physical Activity for Children

  • Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children from Birth to Age 5. These guidelines are presented by developmental stage including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. (Source: National Association for Sport and Physical Education)
  • Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Active Children and Adolescents
    This document offers specific physical activity plans for children and adolescents, ages 6-17. (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008)

Handouts & Resources

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