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Growing evidence supports physically active lessons while learning in class, researchers say

CBC News Posted: Feb 24, 2016 12:01 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016 11:42 AM ET

Adding jumping jacks and running on the spot to math and language classes helps students to learn, say Dutch researchers, adding to findings on the benefits of physically active lessons. In Wednesday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers compared standardized math and spelling test scores for 499 children who were randomly assigned to physically active math and language lessons or regular instructions for two years.

The students in the physically active group were four months ahead of the others in their spelling and math achievement, Marijke Mullender-Wijnsma of the Center for Human Movement Sciences at the University Medical Center Groningen and her co-authors found.
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