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Health Benefits of Exercise Report: Why Keeping PE Is A Good Idea For Kids

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is increasingly widespread among kids in America, with 11% of those aged 4-17 recieving that diagnosis. A study in The Journal of Pediatrics looked at the impact of short bouts of physical activty on concentration and test performance in kids with and without ADHD. During the study, 40 kids between eight and 10 years old participated, taking a series of computerized tests to assess focus and academic performance. Then, on separate occasions, they either read quietly for 20 mintues or exercised on a treamill for 20 minutes, followed each time by another round of computerized tests. 

The results showed that while after reading quietly kids saw little improvement, following exercise kids saw marked improvement in their math and reading comprehension scores. In addition, kids with ADHD significantly increased their scores and were better able to regulate their behavior, which helped them pay better attention.

According to Charles Hillman, the professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois who oversaw the study, “in terms of a nonpharmacological means of dealing with attentional-control problems in children, exercise looks as if it could be quite beneficial." 

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