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WELLNESS:  Research and Articles

“COVID-19: Exercise may protect against deadly complication” (2020)

Regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus, a top exercise researcher reports. He is urging people to exercise based on his findings, which also suggest a potential treatment approach.

"Gym Class Is So Bad, Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It" (2019)

Miami University study shows that the Texas Fitness Now program requiring participation in PE in middle schools is not having the intended effects, compounded by the potential for bullying.  A multi-faceted, holistic approach is needed. 

“Report:  Physical Education Should Be a ‘Core Academic Subject’” (2017)

U of A report says that physical health is so important to the overall health, development, and academic success for children that schools should play a primary role in ensuring an adequate level of activity.

"Early-life Exercise Alters Gut Microbes, Promotes Healthy Brain and Metabolism" (2015)

University of Colorado study discovered that exercising earl in life can alter that microbial community for the better, promoting healthier brain and metabolic activity over the course of a lifetime.

"Effects of Exergame Play on EF in Children and Adolescents at a Summer Camp for Low Income Youth" (2014)

Level of achievement and number of exergame (Wii Fit) sessions predicted posttest scores.

"One in four adolescents meet physical-activity guidelines" (2014)

Only 1 in 4 kids aged 12-15 are physically active for at least 60 minutes per day and that declines as kids get older.

"A Neuroscientist Says There's a Power Benefit to Exercise that Is Rarely Discussed" (2016)

Wendy Suzuki summarizes the benefits of exercise on mood, focus, memory, improved imagination.

"Video 'Exergaming' as Healthy as Walking for Kids!" (2011)

BYU study.

"Regular Exercise Improves Thinking Ability For Overweight Children" (2014)

Catherine Davis' study:  Regular exercise improves the ability of overweight, previously inactive children to think, plan and even do math.

"Inactivity Kills More than Obesity" (2014) - Large European study.

"The Best Exercises for Kids That Improve Brain Development" (2014)

Short video for tips for parents by John Ratey, MD.

"Healthy Places, Healthy People: A Progress Review on Nutrition and Weight Status and Physical Activity" (2014)

CDC Report .

"Poor Employee Health Means Slacking on the Job, Business Losses" (2012)

BYU study:  Study of factors affecting "presenteeism", being present at work but not performing optimally

“Should HR Encourage Exercise at Work?” (2019)

Karen Gately, et al, surveyed more than 1 million leaders worldwide for research in their book, Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most, finding that exceptional leaders exercised on a regular basis to improve cognitive performance and mood.

San Jose Marriott Launches Group-Wellness Program, “RejuveMeet” (2019)

Marriott program could be adapted to schools.

“Does Physical Activity Influence the Health of Future Offspring?” (2018)

Study finds an intergenerational benefit. Physical and mental exercise is not only beneficial for your own brain, but can also affect the learning ability of future offspring -- at least in mice.  It is known that physical activity and cognitive training also improve learning ability in humans.

“Exercise, sleep, screens: New guidelines for children under 5” (2019)

WHO released its first guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for children under 5. The guidelines varied by age group: infants younger than 1, children 1 to 2, and those 3 to 4.

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

By Stuart Brown, M.D. , Director, National Institute for Play.  The research shows that creative play is critical to developing problem solving and other executive functions.

"Study Shows Link Between Morbid Obesity, Low IQ in Toddlers (2006)

U of FL study shows difference of 29 IQ points between obese and normal weight siblings (Driscoll and Miller).

"Physical literacy" (UK) (2013)

Short video summarizing a need for physical activity in young children.

“Building Playgrounds That Get Kids Moving” (2020) – The right design can spark more moderate and vigorous physical activity as well as creativity and innovation.

"Starting a Fitness Routine:  Top Reasons to Exercise in College" (2022)

Recent findings show that exercise:  stimulates brain development; boosts self-esteem and supports mood regulation; helps with weight management; helps with stress relief; and improves sleep quality. college/ 

Platelets can replicate the benefits of exercise in the brain” (2023)

Pre-clinical trials by University of Queensland researchers have found an injection of a Platelet Factor 4 (PF4) can replicate the benefits of exercise in the brain by increasing neurogenesis in the hippocampus, increasing cognition and reducing inflammation.

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