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     Physical Education
    "Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."
    John F. Kennedy


     
    Facts showing relationship between Physical Education and Academics:

    According to Learning with the Body in Mind, Eric Jensen...

    • Exercise/physical activity helps with fine motor skills such as writing, drawing, and reading which leads to better academic performance and attitude towards school

    • Exercise/physical activity increase new cell growth (neurogenesis) which leads to better brain function

    • Exercise/physical activity good for self-esteem. Gross motor movements such as walking, running, or swimming increase dopamine production, which is one of the feel good chemicals in our body

    • Students that performed lower academically gained more positive effects from physical activity

    • Students that participate in regular physical activity are healthier, happier, show fewer discipline problems, and score as well if not better in academic areas

    • Being involved in a sport promotes problem-solving,decision-making, timing, self-discipline, and risk management

    • All children need at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day

    • “The exciting news that humans can and do grow new brain cells daily, and that their production is enhanced with exercise, may possibly be as good as it gets!” Eric Jensen, Learning with the Body in Mind


    According to Moving with the Brain in Mind, Eric Jensen…

    • Sitting in any chair for more than 10 minutes is likely to have a negative effect on your physical self

    • Poor sitting posture  creates pressure on the diaphragm and internal organs which restricts organ function, blood circulation, oxygen to the brain, and creates fatigue

    • Active learning is not just for physical education teachers…[it] is for educators who understand the science behind learning


    According to Teaching with the Brain in Mind, “Movement & Learning”...

    • In the same way that exercise shapes up the muscles, heart, lungs, and bones, it also strengthens the basal ganglia, cerebellum, and corpus callosum, all key areas in the brain. We know exercise fuels the brain with oxygen, but it all feeds it neurotropins (high-nutrient food) to enhance growth and greater connections between neurons. Aerobic conditioning also has been know to assist in memory (Brink, 1995.)

    • A study performed at Redcliffe Elementary in Aiken, SC, proved through their increase in test scores that a school should have daily dance, music, drama, and visual art instruction in which there is considerable physical movement. This school’s test scores prior to the study were in the lowest 25 percent of their district. After a strong arts curriculum was added, the school’s scores soared to the top 5 percent in 6 years. The school is a Title I rural school with a 42 percent minority student base. This study proves that arts and movement programs are at the creative core of academic excellence -- not more discipline, higher standards, or the 3 Rs (Kearny, 1996.)

    • All K-12 students need 30 minutes a day of physical movement to stimulate the brain, says the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports.

    • “Classroom teachers should have kids move for the same reason that P.E. teachers have had kids count.” (Larry Abraham, University of Texas at Austin, 1997.)

    • “Arts and athletics are not frills. They constitute powerful ways of thinking, and skilled ways of communicating with the world. They deserve a greater, not lesser portion of school time and budgets” (Carla Hannaford, 1995.)



    Links to other articles:

     
    *Consider this to help your child with better behavior. Unplug the electronics, and... 

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-04-14-letsmoveinschool15_ST_N.htm

    “Study: Physical activity can boost student performance”

     
    *Does your child have trouble remembering things? Try a little exercise to boost memory. 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/opinion/exercise-and-academic-performance.html?_r=1&

    “Exercise and Academic Performance”

     
    *Who doesn't want their child to perform better academically? Here's 6 studies that show you how...
    http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/study-physically-active-kids-perform-better-academically/

    “Study: Physically Active Kids Perform Better Academically”

     
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