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Exercise: "Miracle-Gro for the Brain"

CJ Westerberg, November 24, 2011 2:53 PM

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Update:  11/30/11  How Exercise Benefits the Brain - The New York Times

PBS "Need to Know" Video Below

I knew it was getting bad but didn't realize that only 2% of schools have physical education every day.  Astonishing.

This is such an important finding:  results of a 6-year high school program in Chicago prove that reading levels and Math test scores significantly increased by exercise before those academic activities.   Jon Meacham reports from Naperville Central High, a school that has embraced a "culture of fitness".   

I've seen it first-hand at a local middle school, where the day begins with a two-mile run as the first period "wake up" call.  The results are palpable.  .  . from an academic performance, emotional, and psychological perspective.

Let our students move!   I would guess every parent would absolutely know (either explicitly or intuitively), that their kids do better in school if they get "exercised" during the school day.

The video starts with about a minute of nostalgic B/W clips from President Kennedy's physical education initiative, with some very humorous voice-overs.
Worth the eight minutes overall.
                                                                - C.J.
Previously published The Daily Riff February 2010  

Video below:

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

  • I hope schools don't kill exercise like they did education!

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