Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s August already, and as summer vacation winds down toward the new school term, we’re reminded of the link between good grades and good health.
Keeping kids physically fit has long been one of the goals of a well-rounded school. Now, a study presented to the American Psychological Association has evidence that results in the gym pay off in the classroom too.
It turns out that a healthy heart and lungs may be as important as brains for good grades in math and reading.
Researchers studied some 1,200 middle school students whose average age was 12. They were evaluated for:
- Cardio-vascular fitness
- Academic performance
- And social support
The authors found the only consistent factor that had a positive effect on their grades was cardio-vascular fitness, meaning schools should develop better fitness programs. A good physical report can mean a good report card, too.