Research has shown that cognition, memory and mood are linked to physical activity (Brain-Based Learning). The Journal for School Health (81: 626-634) reports that "physical activity affects metabolism and all major body systems, exerting powerful positive influences on the brain and spinal cord and, consequently, on emotional stability, physical health, and motivation and ability to learn."
To foster student learning, schools should provide students with opportunities for physical activity through physical education, recess, classroom breaks that encourage movement, intramural sports and exercise clubs.
Pueblo City Schools' middle and high school students have increased their amount of daily physical activity from three years ago. Survey data from 2011 reveal that 87.3 percent of middle school and 86.8 percent of high school students have been physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day for one to seven days in the past week is the highest in three years. These rates are comparable to statewide figures.
Definition: Percent of students who reported being physically activity for a total of at least 60 minutes per day for one day or more during the past seven days. (Students were instructed to add up all the time they spent in any kind of physical activity that increases their heart rate and makes them breathe hard some of the time.)
Data Source: Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools.
Data Considerations: Colorado administers the survey every two years in the fall. Colorado began collecting data from middle school students in 2011.