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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Aerobics: Evaluating the New 'R' in Academic Performance

Editor’s Note:  PediaStaff frequently reprints this research articles as “odes to the obvious.” 
Take a hard look at this article however.  The data on this one is really quite remarkable.[Source:  Science Daily]
Although the long-term consequences of childhood obesity are well documented, some school districts have reduced physical education classes to devote more time to the 3 Rs in education — reading, writing, and arithmetic. However, there is new evidence that leaving out an important fourth R — aerobics — could actually be counterproductive for increasing test scores.
A new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics studied the associations between aerobic fitness, body mass index (BMI), and passing scores on standardized math and reading tests.
Dr. Robert R. Rauner and colleagues from Lincoln Public Schools and Creighton University in Nebraska analyzed scaled scores from standardized tests for math and reading, as well as PACER (15-20 meter timed shuttle run), BMI, and free/reduced lunch data from all students enrolled in elementary and middle schools in Lincoln, NE. They found that aerobically-fit children had a 2.4 times greater chance of passing math tests and a 2.2
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