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Studies Show Active Kids Do Better

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 04:34

The research is clear: If we want students to succeed academically, we need to teach them to take care of their bodies and encourage them to exercise regularly.

Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills and a lifetime of healthy habits.

The Walking Classroom, which aligns with the NAA's standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, is a program that helps students get fresh air and exercise as they build core knowledge. Students take a brisk 20-minute walk while listening to custom-written, educational podcasts on topics appropriate for grades three through eight. Each entertaining podcast begins with a brief health message, so students are building their health literacy with each lesson. After a Walking Classroom lesson, educators report that students are in better moods, more focused and more likely to engage in post-walk discussions.

While all students benefit from the increased activity and educational content of The Walking Classroom, inactive children and children with low academic achievement stand to benefit the most.

Learn more and download free health awareness posters online at www.thewalkingclassroom.org

Photo courtesy of The Walking Classroom.