Did you know that kids who are physically active get better grades?
Research shows that students who earn mostly A's are almost twice as likely to get regular physical activity than students who receive mostly D's and F's.
Physical activity can help students focus, improve behavior and boost positive attitudes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new infographic called Burn to Learn, which explains that physical activity is not only good for the body, but also good for the mind!
Burn to Learn draws attention to the fact that students who earn high grades are twice as likely to get regular physical activity compared to students who earn low grades.
According to the CDC, fewer than 7 out of 10 high school students receive the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
For the middle school students, ages 12 to 15, only about one-quarter (24.8%) achieve that recommended daily goal.
The CDC urges parents to do what you can to help your child be physically active, be it running, biking or swimming. Any type of physical activity is good, and 60 minutes a day is best.
Their grades will thank you!
For more information, and to take the Burn to Learn quiz, click here.
Source: CDC. Physical Inactivity and Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors and Academic achievement; CDC. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. DHHS; 2010
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