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Regular physical activity:
Helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles.1
Helps reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer.1
Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being.1
May help improve students’ academic performance, including
o Academic achievement and grades
o Academic behavior, such as time on task
o Factors that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom.4
*1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008.
*4. CDC. The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
Muscle of the Week
any of the thin flat muscles forming the middle and outer layers of the lateral walls of the abdomen