Can exercise help students learn?

08/10/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

As some districts weigh cutting physical education, new research shows there could be an academic benefit to exercise. In one recent study, students in Italy who participated in 50 minutes of endurance exercises were better able to focus and had improved test scores. Andrea Robinson, a doctoral student who tested the theory on rats, said her conclusion is "let kids run around" during the school day.

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