An article in The Globe and Mail cites a number of studies (particularly by Charles Hillman of the neurocognitive kinesiology lab at the University of Illinois, as well as by Michelle Tine and coauthors at Dartmouth College) that have investigated the benefits (on test scores, brain activity, and white matter structure) of interspersing grade school classes with physical exercise. Several schools in Canada that do implement this research (e.g. by including treadmills in class) are cited. It may be worthwhile using mobile devices to measure a student’s degree of movement, and/or to counsel students to take activity breaks.

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