Physical Activity

Linking Physical Activity and Learning

There is a growing body of research focused on the association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance among school-aged youth. To better understand these connections, the websites and the research reviews identified in the resources section of this page provide a review of a range of physical activity contexts, including school-based physical education, recess, classroom-based physical activity (outside of physical education and recess) and extracurricular physical activity. The purpose of this page is to synthesize the scientific literature that has examined the association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance, including indicators of cognitive skills and attitudes, academic behaviors and academic achievement.

Physical Activity and Learning Resources

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education and Academic Performance (CDC Government website)

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education and Academic Performance Executive Summary (CDC Government website)

Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website)

Do Students Who Are More Active Do Better In School? (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website)

The Connection Between Physical Activity and Learning Webinar (Minnesota Department of Health website)

The More They Burn The Better They Learn (CDC Government website)

Active Education: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance (Active Living website)