SRTS programs support academics, provide physical activity

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 The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn demonstrates that physical activity supports academic achievement, well-nourished children learn better, and healthier practices in schools can increase school revenue.  

Safe Routes to School programs provide a bridge for schools to reinforce the connection between physical fitness and learning – especially in funding-challenged districts. This easy-to-read special report, released in 2013, is a roadmap for parents, educators, school administrators, and school volunteers to create healthier school environments so the children in their lives are better positioned to learn. From the report:

“Study after study shows kids who get regular physical activity experience improvements not just in their fitness levels but in brain function too. Just walking or biking to school can prime the brain for learning. It makes sense – kids need to move more. When they do, they are better positioned to succeed in the classroom.”

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Download the full report (PDF)

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