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2 "Health and success in school are interrelated. Schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students and staff are not healthy and fit physically, mentally, and socially. (p. 4). Wechsler, McKenna, Lee, and Dietz (2004)

3 Physical Activity: Information and Research Brain Development Behavior Learning and School Success Physical Activity Opportunities in schools Physical Education During the school day Before and after school What can we do to support physical activity in schools

4 Mary Thissen-Milder, PhD Coordinated School Health Minnesota Department of Education MNAHPERD Board of Directors Jack Olwell Physical Education Instructor, North Trail Elementary School, Farmington Minnesota MNAHPERD President-Elect

5 15-20% of cardiac output 20% of total oxygen consumption 25% of glucose utilization During exercise blood volume to the brain more than doubles creating major benefits for the learner!

6 New Brain Cells in the Hippocampus Site of Memory and Learning Neurogenesis Responsible for populating the growing brain with neurons

7 Efficient brain cells are key to learning billion neurons 100 trillion synapses

8 Physical Activity Increases Neurotrophins Non-Active Persons Pathways Active Persons Pathways

9 Physical Activity Increases Neurotransmitters Non-Active Persons Transmissions Active Persons Transmissions

10 Physical Activity Activates the Brain Research/scan compliments of Dr. Chuck Hillman University of Illinois

11 Research study: Naperville Central (IL) High School Learning Readiness Physical Education (LRPE) Grade Level Equivalency Increases % Improvement of Algebra Readiness Grade levels Reading Increases Math Increases

12 Literacy Physical Education (LitPE) Mean RIT increase 192 6th graders Control Group LEAD particpants Minnesota Elementary School Minnesota Middle School

13 Physical activity and behavior Physical activity and academic success

14 Physical activity improves academic behaviors Increases attendance Improves attention / time on task Improves memory

15 Increasing Before School Physical Activity Charleston Progressive Academy Before After Referrals: Suspensions: Increasing In-School Physical Activity Out of School Suspension Days % reduction 1177 Discipline Incidents % reduction After 1 YR of PE4life Program Pre PE4life

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17 SAT 9 Percentile Grade 5 SAT 9 and Physical Fitness 353,000 Students Number of Fitness Standards Achieved Reading Mathematics Source: California Dept. of Education Study, December 10, 2002

18 Texas Study: Fit Students Score Higher Significant associations were consistently found between physical fitness and Academic Performance School Attendance School Incidence

19 Physical Fitness and Academics Anthony Elementary in Leavenworth, KS In 2004 Anthony increased PE and PA from once to five days a week. They went from 10 th in Reading and 9 th in Math (in a district of 10 schools) to 2 nd in Reading and 1 st in Math. Their disciplinary office referrals dropped from 438 to 18. The number of students passing the Presidential Fitness Test increased by over 1300%. Reading Assessment YEAR UNSATISFACTORY ADVANCED EXEMPLARY % 0% 7.4% % 19.4% 8.3% % 33.3% 18.5% Math Assessment YEAR UNSATISFACTORY ADVANCED EXEMPLARY % 5.4% 2.7% % 18.2% 3.0% % 23.8% 47.6%

20 Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs Physical Education Physical Activity During the School Day Physical Activity Before and After School Staff Involvement Family and Community involvement

21 Physical Education: The Foundation Physical education is the foundation of a CSPAP. It is the academic subject that provides standards-based instruction on motor/movement knowledge and skills, physical activity and fitness knowledge and skills, personal and social responsibility, and valuing physical activity for its many benefits.

22 Physical Activity During the School Day Active Classrooms Active recess Physical Activity before and After School Intramural sports Running clubs Interscholastic sports Safe routes to school Initiatives Walking and Biking

23 Support Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs Advocate for quality physical education in schools Support physical activity opportunities throughout the school day including active classrooms and recess Encourage schools to offer physical activity opportunities before and after school Promote the Safe Routes for Schools Initiative Encourage staff, community and family involvement within the comprehensive school physical activity program.

24 Future Physical Activity Support: Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program trainings Dates will be posted on the MDH SHIP website and MNAHPERD websites MNAHPERD Fall Conference, October 12-13, Hopkins Minnesota. Registration Information is available at the MNAHPERD website Active Recess Program guidelines and trainings from MDE. Information will be available on the MDE website in the fall Safe Routes to Schools workshops and resource information available at the Minnesota Department of Transportation website

25 Linking Academic Success and Physical Activity Active Living Research The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Youth Website - The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance The President s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition website

26 Contact MNAHPERD

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