Diabetes Forecast

Exercise Sets Up Kids for School Success

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
young girls outside sledding in snow


Exercise may help kids succeed in school, researchers say. In a study of 221 children ages 8 and 9, half participated in daily after-school activities during which they used exercise machines for 30 to 40 minutes, took a break, then played games designed to improve their coordination for another 45 to 55 minutes. The other kids were placed on a waiting list. After nine months, brain imaging and performance tests showed that the kids in the fitness program were better able to resist distraction, multitask, and remember and use information. Those skills are essential for reading and math, so it’s important for kids to get out and play.
Source: Pediatrics, published online Sept. 29, 2014



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