ERIC Number: EJ800275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Abstractor: As Provided
The Importance of Physical Activity in Closing the Achievement Gap
Burton, Laura J.; VanHeest, Jaci L.
Quest, v59 n2 p212-218 May 2007
The most significant concern within the US educational community is the academic achievement gap. Investigation of the achievement gap reveals that minority students across all levels of education are not meeting the same academic measures as their non-Hispanic White peers. In addition, a disproportionate number of minority children are identified as overweight. Physical activity has been identified as an influence on the reduction and prevention of overweight and obesity. In addition, physical activity has been recognized as beneficial to cognitive performance in children. The current review provides a stimulus to recognize the links between overweight and academic achievement in minority youth and the importance of physical activity in addressing these issues.
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Academic Achievement, Minority Group Children, Minority Groups, Physical Activity Level, Achievement Gains, White Students, Disproportionate Representation, Physical Health, Prevention, Child Health, Health Promotion, Cultural Differences, Racial Differences
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