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1 Physical Activity & Academic Achievement Name Title Organization

2 Outcomes for Presentation Recognize the connection between physical activity and academic performance. Understand why schools are an ideal location to promote physical activity. Learn how Let’s Go!’s 5210 Goes to School program can help you support a healthier environment.

3 Benefits of a Physically Active Child 1 Student test scores improve after engaging in physical activity Students who are physically active are more likely to perform well in school than their sedentary peers Studies show an increase in academic achievement when additional time is provided for physical activity, even when time is removed from academic instruction

4 Although research has repeatedly shown that increased physical activity supports improved academic performance, schools all across the United States have been limiting physical activities during school. An Under-utilized, Effective Tool

5 Is there data to support that theory? –YES! Does it work here in Maine? –YES ! So Prove It!

6 Research Conducted in Maine Two studies were conducted in 2009 within the public school system in Lewiston, Maine. Both studies provide evidence that physical activity is positively correlated with academic achievement.

7 Study 1: Data Analysis of Standardized Test Scores Study 1 involved data analysis of 2007 FITNESSGRAM and NWEA scores The sample: 149 fourth and seventh grade students from Lewiston, ME –FITNESSGRAM: a five-part physical fitness assessment –NWEA: a three-part standardized test given in ME

8 Study 1 Results Number of FITNESSGRAM tests passed vs. NWEA Math, Language, and Reading Performance

9 Study 2: Pedometer Program Students from 3 elementary schools in Lewiston were asked to wear pedometers for one week –Sample: 92 students –Procedure: Participants wore their device at all times and recorded step counts daily

10 Study 2 Preliminary Results Weekday vs. Weekend Physical Activity Levels

11 In-School vs. After-School Physical Activity Levels

12 Study 2 Academic Results Weekday Physical Activity & Grade Average Correlation Steps taken during the week Correlation between weekday steps and grade average

13 Weekday Physical Activity and NWEA Reading Correlation Steps taken during the week Correlation between weekday steps and NWEA Reading

14 Weekend Physical Activity and Grade Average Correlation Steps taken during the weekend Correlation between weekend steps and grade average

15 In Summary… Study 1: Children who were more physically fit were more likely to perform better on NWEA Math, Language, and Reading Study 2: Children who were more physically active had higher grade averages and better NWEA reading scores

16 Home Away from Home

17 Schools are an ideal location to provide increased physical activity for children, through: –Recess –Active Learning –Activity Breaks –Physical Education –Before and After School Programs Ideal Location

18 How can you get started? Join or support your 5210 Goes to School program. Think simple, focus on just a few strategies: –Provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day. –Provide non-food rewards –Limit recreational screen time –Participate in initiatives that promote healthy eating & active living. –Engage community partners to help support & promote healthy eating and active living at your site –Partner with and educate families in adopting a lifestyle that supports healthy eating and active living

19 You’re Off to a Great Start! What are you already doing to support increased physical activity? –Activity breaks during lessons –Incorporating movement into your curriculum –Using physical activity as a reward

20 Recommendations for Leadership School Boards, Superintendants, Principals… Spread the Word About Let’s Go! 5210 Integrate Physical Activity Into Your Schools Seek and Provide Support

21 Policy resources for increasing physical activity: (scroll down to “Physical Education/Physical Activity”) 1 Active Living Research. Active Bodies, Active Minds: Physical Activity and Academic Achievement. San Diego, CA: Active Living Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 2010.

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23 Let’s Go! Is Generously Funded by Our: Founding Partners Platinum Supporters Additional Funders American Academy of Pediatrics/Healthy Active Living, The Bingham Program, Frances Hollis Brain Foundation, Jane's Trust, Leonard C. & Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation, Maine Department of Health & Human Services/ARRA, The Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, The Rite Aid Foundation, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, The Walmart Foundation

24 Presented by: Name Title Organization Contact Information

25 Presentation created by: Molly Radis, Bates College ‘10 –Molly wrote her undergraduate, honors thesis on the relationship between physical activity and academic achievement in children. –Molly presented her research to the Lewiston School Committee and at the annual Association for Applied Sports Psychology conference in Providence, RI in 2010.


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