CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) recently released a new report, entitled “The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance”. The report indicates that school-based physical activity may help improve students’ grades and test scores and positively affect other factors that influence academic achievement. The report also concludes that adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance.
This Executive Summary for this report and the complete report is available at:http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/index.htm#3
Additionally, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education has released a brochure for the public that briefly summarizes the findings of DASH’s report. It is available at www.LetsMoveInSchool.org or www.aahperd.org/naspe.