2011 - Research

CLASSROOM-BASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, COGNITION, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

KEY TAKEAWAY:

This study demonstrated improved academic performance following implementation of physically active academic lessons.

RESULTS:

  • Academic achievement improved by 6% among elementary school students participating in physically active academic lessons compared to a 1% decrease in performance for children who received lessons while seated and inactive.
  • BMI increased less over the three-year study among children with more than 75 minutes of physically active academic lessons each week (1.8 BMI) compared with students with less exposure (2.4 BMI).

METHODS:

  • This study conducted a longitudinal study over three years in 24 elementary schools using the Physical Activity Across the Curriculum (PAAC).

Donnelly JE, Lambourne K. (2011). Classroom-based physical activity, cognition, and academic achievement. Preventive Medicine, 52 (Suppl 1):S36-S42.

Authored by: 
Donnelly JE
Lambourne K.