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It's time for a different educational paradigm for the 21st century

We are made to move, and a growing body of evidence suggests that our genes are functioning at their best when we cycle between physical activity and rest. Exercise is directly related to improved achievement and behavior as well as wellness. Increasing research indicates this relationship, yet physical education and physical activity are being cut for more seat time in schools. Educators need to know and understand this research and how to utilize it to maximize the educational experience of our students.

"Exercise is the single most powerful tool that you have to optimize your brain function."

---John Ratey, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

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Chart showing achievement increasing as fitness improves

This chart summarizes what the research demonstrates in that as fitness improves, students' achievement scores increase and behavior incidents decrease. Small changes in a school day that increase physical activity, can improve students' academic, social, and physical development.

Harvard's John Ratey and Jacob Sattelmair state:
"This crisis of passivity [in our schools] requires a fundamental paradigm shift wherein every school culture embraces an evolutionarily sound, empirically proven, and scientifically justified principle that recognizes regular movement as essential to human health and performance, as well as learning and education."

---Ratey, J.J., & Sattelmair, J. (2012). Mandate for Movement: Schools as Agents of Change.
In A. L. Meyer and T. P. Gullota (Eds.), Physical Activity Across the Lifespan (p.235-265). NY: Springer