Kansas study links fitness to academic success

02/05/2014 6:35 AM

02/05/2014 6:35 AM

The State Board of Education will review a recent study of Kansas elementary and middle school students linking fitness to academic success.

The results of the Kansas Fitness Information Tracking, or K-FIT, showed that students who were able to reach fitness goals in five areas scored significantly higher on math and reading tests than students who weren’t fit.

The state board will review the study on Feb. 11 at its monthly meeting in Topeka.

The study, funded through the Kansas Health Foundation, compared the fitness results of 13,000 students in grade four through nine with those students’ test scores from the 2011-12 school year. Another study is underway involving more than 56,000 students at 900 schools statewide.

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