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Study: Fit Kids get Better Grades

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:29 AM

Physically fit middle school students tend to score higher in reading and math class, new research reveals.
The study, conducted by the Center for Sport Psychology at the University of North Texas, determined having a healthy heart and lungs may be one of the most important factors for boys and girls to make good grades.
"Cardiorespiratory fitness was the only factor that we consistently found to have an impact on both boys' and girls' grades on reading and math tests," said Trent A. Petrie, the center’s director, who helped conduct the study presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention this week.
"This provides more evidence that schools need to re-examine any policies that have limited students' involvement in physical education classes."
For the study, researchers collected health information and grades from 1,211 students from five Texas middle schools. In addition to finding better cardiorespiratory fitness was linked with higher grades for all students, researchers found boys with stronger social support from family and friends also did better in class than those without.
The findings are based on students’ performance on standardized reading and math tests, their answers to questions about their physical activity and social support, and the results of objective fitness assessments of their cardiorespiratory fitness.
"Because this is a longitudinal study, these variables can now be considered risk factors in relation to middle school students' performance on math and reading examinations," Petrie said. "And that is essential to developing effective programs to support academic success."

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