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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.

ADHD 2.0 (2021) describes how having ADHD and the newly identified VAST (Variable Attention Stimuli Trait) can be an asset or curse, depending on how it is managed.  Current research, strategies, and resources to support that are provided.    

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Go Wild (2014) makes the case for the interrelatedness of many health problems 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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