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Exercise in Schools

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Exercise in Schools

  1. 1. Spark: by John J. Ratey MD
  2. 2. The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  Help Beat Stress  Sharpen Thinking  Enhance Memory  Supercharge Mental Circuts
  3. 3. What is it?  Groundbreaking exploration of the connection between exercise and the brain’s performance  Proving that exercise improves our ability to learn and in fact makes us SMARTER!  Getting our heart rate up to 65% to 75% for 20 minutes increases brain power and attention.
  4. 4. What is it?  Incorporate daily exercise into your school day.  Evolving PE from the old to new.  Activity stations with jump ropes, arobic steps, running outside, treadmills, eliptical, use your imagination  A way to increase test scores and kids attention in school
  5. 5. Why do we need this intervention?  65% of our nations adults are obese (Spark)  30% of U.S. schoolchildren are overweight – six times more than 1980 and another 30% are on the cusp (Spark) 97% of the Freshman in 01 and 02  10% have type 2 Diabetes (Spark) were at a healthy weight according to their BMI in Naperville, IL.  Students in grades 3-12 spend an average over six hours plugged in to some type of media each day. (www.edutopia.org 2009)  Take a look at P.E. classes now there is a lot of inactivity  Less than 3% of adults over the age of 24 stay in shape through playing team sports. (Phil Lawler)
  6. 6. Why do we need this intervention?  10,000 hours playing video games  200,000 emails and instant messages  20,000 hours of watching T.V.  500,000 commercials seen  At the very most 5,000 hours book reading In there Lifetime….. NO
  7. 7. Why do we need this intervention? They will do this before leaving for College!
  8. 8. Naperville Central High School
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  10. 10. What if… 52 million children from K – 12 who attend public and private schools in the U.S. Just think if all of them had the benefit of Naperville-style physical education, our next generation of adults would be healthier, happier, and smarter.

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