My Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard today is about the effects of regular physical activity on academic performance. Despite these benefits, exercise and activity in school through physical education and recess are increasingly being cut. This is done, in part, to allow more time to prepare kids to take standardized exams. This brings up the troubling possibility that children would perform better on these exams if they had more time to be active rather than more time in class.
You can learn more about the benefits physical activity in school-age children from the Centers for Disease Control here. Information about promoting activity and fitness for children is available from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.