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Want Your "C" Student To Be a "B" Student? 60 Minutes of Daily Physical Activity Is the Solution!

Want Your "C" Student To Be a "B" Student? 60 Minutes of Daily Physical Activity Is the Solution!

SILVER SPRING, MD – October 29, 2013 – Perspiration is a key part of the pathway to getting good grades.  The results of a recent study, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, indicate there is a direct correlation between academic success in the classroom and daily physical exercise.

StudyingThis study, which focused on nearly 5,000 students, “found that grades increased in direct correlation with the amount of physical exercise undertaken in the average day.”  The bottom line is that “researchers found an average of 60 minutes of (daily) moderate to vigorous physical activity could be the difference between achieving a C or B grade.”

This particular study, performed by academics at Dundee University and Strathclyde University, was conducted due to serious concerns that British children have lifestyles which are too sedentary and are dominated by too much time spent watching television, surfing the Internet, and playing video and hand-held games.

Studies conducted in the U.S. have produced similar, if not identical, conclusions.  These studies were published in an article earlier this year by PHIT America. For instance, a three-year study conducted at the Legacy Charter School in Greenville, SC by Julian Reed, an associate professor of health sciences at Furman University, has unlocked the ‘key’ to maximizing academic achievement and performance for students.  That ‘key’ is providing students more physical activity and exercise opportunities – on a daily basis!

And, college students who visit their campus gyms to exercise are more likely to succeed in the classroom, according to data from Purdue University.Jumping

“The evidence is clear.  Simply put, physical activity is the key to education,” said Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America.  “Daily P.E. in our schools for our children is a necessity.  It will help keep them physically fit, learn motor skills which they can use their entire life, and improve their chances of earning good grades and higher test scores in the classroom.”

PHIT America is fighting for physical education to be elevated as a priority in all schools in America. One of the ways we are doing this is to reauthorize the Physical Education Program (PEP), a grant program from the Department of Education to school districts throughout America. PEP needs support from Americans to convince Congress to sustain the PEP Program. Everyone can help by ADVOCATING for PEP on

To read the story about the British study in The Telegraph, click here.
To read the story about the British study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, click here


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