Magazine article District Administration

Fit in Body = Fit in Mind. (Update: Education News from Schools, Business, Research And)

Magazine article District Administration

Fit in Body = Fit in Mind. (Update: Education News from Schools, Business, Research And)

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Physical fitness advocates finally have something to hang their hats on: A large-scale analysis released by the California Department of Education confirms that physically fit kids perform better academically.

The analysis, which included more than one million students in grades five, seven and nine, matched standardized test scores in reading and math with performance on a six-part physical fitness test, according to Debbie Vigil, education consultant in the standards and assessment division.

The results come as leaders in the corporate, private and educational sectors respond to an alarming phenomena: School children across the country are snacking their way to obesity, Type II diabetes, and related health conditions. Today, there are nearly twice as many overweight children and almost three times as many overweight adolescents as there were in 1980, according to Action for Healthy Kids, which organized the first "Healthy Schools Summit: Taking Action for Nutrition and Fitness," in Washington, D.C., last October.

Among the summit's speakers was Joyce Bales, superintendent of the 18,000-student Pueblo School District #60 in Colorado. …

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