Research Findings

National studies are being conducted, exploring the connection between fitness levels and academic achievement.

“When children and adolescents participate in the recommended level of physical activity—at least 60 minutes daily—multiple health benefits accrue.”U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of Adolescent and School Health (PDF)

“An emerging body of multidisciplinary literature has documented the beneficial influence of physical activity engendered through aerobic exercise on selective aspects of brain function.” – Nature Reviews Neuroscience 

This research is also applied to Mississippi. Two studies exploring the connection between fitness levels, academic achievement, attendance and discipline actions in Mississippi students:

“Associations between Health-Related Physical Fitness, Academic Achievement and Selected Academic Behaviors of Elementary and Middle School Students in the State of Mississippi” (PDF)

“The Association Between Fitness and School Test Scores, Attendance, and Discipline among Mississippi Students” (PDF)

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