Catherine M. Wright, Paula J. Duquesnay, Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, Virginia R. Chomitz, Kenneth Chui, Christina D. Economos, Elizabeth G. Langevin, Miriam E. Nelson, Jennifer M. Sacheck

Fueling Learning Through Exercise (FLEX) evaluated the impact of physical activity programs on students’ cognitive function and academic outcomes. The study reviewed whether moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was linked to academic achievement without aerobic fitness. Key study findings include:

  • Aerobic fitness is positively associated with perceptual inference and spelling.
  • Aerobic fitness has a greater impact than moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
  • Additional research between physical activity student achievement should be conducted.