Moving for a Better Mind
The Kinetic Kidz Program focuses on children who are inactive and have at least one other health risk factor, with an eye toward preventing the children from becoming obese.
"There's substantial scientific proof that physical activity improves children's physical health and offers health benefits that continue through adulthood," says Darla Castelli, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education and a national expert on physical education.
"We're amassing strong data that show a change in level of physical health and fitness leads to a change in cognitive health. Ideally, these findings will help bump physical education from the category of 'optional' to 'absolutely essential'."
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