Darla M. Castelli, Elizabeth Glowacki, Jeanne M. Barcelona, Hannah G. Calvert, and Jungyun Hwang

This research brief reviews a variety of research on physical activity and student achievement. A strong focus is placed on cross-curricular integration of physical activity throughout the school day. Key findings:

  • Active students do better academically.
  • Students can enhance attention and memory in just one active session.
  • Physical activity may improve brain health, explaining why student achievement improves after they are active.