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Associations Between Physical Activity And Weight Status With Grade-School Performance, Taylor Panfil
Theses and Dissertations
Physical activity and weight control are predictive of childhood health, but more recent research suggests they may also be associated with academic success.
PURPOSE: To explore the relationships between physical activity, weight status, and academic performance in children.
METHODS: 614 third-to-fifth grade children (53.9% female, age 9.6 Â± 0.9 years) from two Midwestern communities participated. Physical activity was assessed using a Digiwalker 200-SW pedometer worn for seven consecutive days. Teachers provided an estimate of general academic performance, and children were categorized into three performance groups (high, moderate, low). School behavior (attentiveness, staying on task, interruptive behavior) was ...