Saturday, September 18, 2010

Exercise and the Brain in Kids

The New York Times published a great article on the neurocognitive benefits of exercise on children. One recent study discovered that children who were fit had a significantly larger basal ganglia. Another study indicated that children who were more fit had a significantly larger hippocampus. Additional studies are cited regarding the benefits of aerobic exercise on academic abilities. This is a quick read that summarizes recent research. How about print it out and provide to parents and school administrators to promote physical activity in children?

You can view the article entitled Phys Ed: Can Exercise Make Kids Smarter? at the New York Times, September 15, 2010 edition written by Gretchen Reynolds.

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