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News Release from the Pediatric Academic Societies on May 1, 2011.


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Movement + Academics = Success
-- Combining Physical Activity with Classroom Lessons Results in Improved Test Scores --

When schools cut physical education programs so students can spend more time in the classroom, they may be missing a golden opportunity to promote learning, according to research to be presented Sunday, May 1, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.

The study adds to growing evidence that exercise is good not only for the body but also the mind. It also shows that physical education and academic instruction need not be mutually exclusive.

Researchers Kathryn L. King, MD, and Carly J. Scahill, DO, pediatric residents at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital, led by William S. Randazzo, MD, FAAP, and James T. McElligott, MD, sought to determine how implementing a daily physical activity program that incorporated classroom lessons would affect student achievement. First- through sixth-graders at an academically low-scoring elementary school in Charleston, S.C., took part in the program 40 minutes a day, five days a week. Prior to initiation of the program, students spent 40 minutes per week in physical education classes.

The school nurse was awarded several grants that were used to educate school administrators and revamp several classrooms into two gyms that housed equipment for an All Minds Exercise (AMX) room for older students and an Action Based Learning (ABL) lab for the younger schoolchildren.

“The teachers, administrators, parents and students at the school were brave enough to think out of the box to help the children learn in new ways,” Dr. King said.


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physical education:体育 golden opportunity:絶好の機会 according to:~によると Pediatric:小児科の
mutually exclusive:相互排他的な
Researchers:研究者 MD:医師,医学博士 DO:整骨医学外科学博士 FAAP:米国小児科学会の認定医  sought to:~しようとした Implementing:実施すること incorporated:~を組み込んだ graders ~年生 academically:学業の面で took part in:~に参加した Prior to:~より前は
administrators:管理者 revamp:改造する think out of the box:従来の常識にとらわれず考える




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