“From a brain structure perspective, we know that regions of the brain gain volume with fitness intervention from studies with older adults,” Hillman said…
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Findings suggest physical education, recess may improve academic success
WebMD News from HealthDay By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) – Regular daily exercise appears to improve children’s attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study.
Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty of physical activity showed greater improvements in several areas of so-called “executive function” than similar students who did not participate.
Executive function refers to a range of mental or “cognitive” skills that include memory, focus, attention and the ability to switch back and forth between tasks.
Lead researcher Charles Hillman said that students who had the highest attendance in the program saw the biggest gains in mental skills.
“I think these are the hardest evidence we have available that time spent in physical activities, which would include physical education and recess, not only doesn’t detract from…
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