Brain activity goes hand-in-hand with physical activity

“Schools with fitter children achieve better literacy and numeracy results, according to Australian research,” a CBC news online health article wrote last week. The article continued, “The study by physiologist Prof. Dick Telford, of the Australian National University, and colleagues, was published in a recent issue of the journal Pediatric Exercise Science. ‘A school that has, on average, high fitness levels will have, on average, higher literacy and numeracy levels,’ Telford told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Previous research in animals and humans has suggested greater fitness and physical activity leads to changes in the brain activity and better performance in cognitive tests and concentration. ‘It took scientists by surprise to a certain degree that there was a consistent relationship,’ Telford said.” Read the full article here. | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CHS

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