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Want healthier kids? Integrate exercise into the classroom!

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Dec 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM
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JAX_ONE_ARM_UP.pngRecently, the Los Angeles Times published an article, More exercise at school may be key to improving teens' health. Experts recommend that children spend at least 60 minutes a day exercising with at least 30 minutes of the school day spent being physically active. With reductions in daily physical education around the nation, devoting 7.5% of the average school day to physical activity can certainly be a challenge. From the article:

To make that happen, a typical school would need to devote 7.5% of its instructional time to physical fitness. Instead, students in the study spent a mere 4.8% of their school day — or 23.2 minutes — improving their bodies instead of their minds, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics.

We can all agree that increasing physical activity in school is important for the health of students. But why do we separate exercising health from exercising minds? Walkabouts are geared toward pre-kindergarten through second grade students. The 6-10 minute activities gets students up and moving during math, reading, and language arts lessons. Research clearly shows that moving and learning is beneficial for all students—especially kinesthetic learners.

Find out how getting students moving—and learning can help their hearts and their minds! Download our research paper to learn more.

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