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Study Finds Physical Activity Leads to Smarter Students

Study Finds Physical Activity Leads to Smarter Students

How beneficial is it for students to be physically active? A new study suggests that fitness may supercharge kids' minds. 

Researchers said the findings do not prove that fitness actually makes children smarter, but it provides support for the idea, according to Health Day. 

"Our work suggests that aerobically fit and physically fit children have improved brain health and superior cognitive thinking skills than their less-fit peers," said study author Laura Chaddock-Heyman, a postdoctoral researcher with the department of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Hopefully, these findings will reinforce the importance of aerobic fitness during development and lead to additional physical activity opportunities in and out of the school environment."

The new study didn't examine any thinking skills, Instead it looked at the brain's "white matter," which helps different brain regions communicate with each other. The researchers scanned the brains of 24 kids ages 9 and 10, and found that white matter was different for more active students, potentially a sign of better-connected brains.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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