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Douglas Tynan, director of integrated health care for the American Psychological Association, wrote this for the kids health blog on Philly.com.

In this article, he cites two studies, one by Charles Hillman from the University of Illinois that was recently published in Pediatrics, and another study, completed three years ago by Catherine Davis at the University of Georgia Read. I found this summary of the article very powerful:

If there were a medicine that showed this benefit, there would be full-page advertisements in this newspaper. If there were a curriculum that showed this benefit, it would be snapped up by your local school district.

But it is not a product; it is a lifestyle to be taught in school and at home. Just an hour of vigorous activity, either through games or other play, enhances academic, cognitive, and executive skills of planning and self-control. Schools and families that limit or eliminate these opportunities impede children’s progress.

The science is clear. To advance academically and in terms of self-control, children’s bodies need to move. An extra hour of instruction may help, but if it comes at the cost of reducing active play, it will probably hurt.

Read the full article here.