Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ratey is a world- renown expert in dealing with behavioral issues, especially ADHD, and the importance of using exercise as an effective intervention.

SPARK explains the research and rationale for using exercise as an intervention for learning, ADHD, mood disorders, and more.

"Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization" (2014) 

Citing major research studies, authors John Ratey and Richard Manning make the case for the interrelatedness of many health problems (e.g. metabolic diseases, cancer) and emotional disorders to our inactivity and high carbohydrate diet. 

"A sedentary school culture is catastrophic for students' health and education. In juxtaposition, a moving school culture, wherein moving and learning are embraced as co-reinforcing, holds the potential to favorably affect all of a school's most fundamental objectives:

  • improved attendance,

  • reduced violence and disciplinary incidences,

  • improved classroom behavior,

  • higher grades and test scores,

  • as well as lower prevalence of physical and mental health conditions."

--- Ratey, J.J. & Sattelmair, J. (2012). 

"Mandate for Movement: Schools as Agents of Change. 

In A.L. Meyer &T.P. Gullota (Eds.) Physical Activity Across the Lifespan (p.235-265). NY:Springer

“The Profound Effects of Exercise on the Brain:  A Conversation with Dr. John Ratey” (2019) – Topics covered include physical balancing affects mental balancing, exercise reducing the need for medication, exercise improving cognition, play exercise, and more.

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