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VIA:  Health.Com

By:  Kathleen Doheny/HealthDay Reporter

According to Health.Com, Cottrells tean found that the fitter the student, the better the test scores.  The study was conducted with 1,200 students, who’s physical fitness was assessed in the 5th grade and the 7th grade.  Standardized tests were used to evaluate each student in the following areas:  reading, math, science and social studies.

The study found that across the four academic areas, a child who was fit in the 5th grade and remained fit through the 7th grade had the highest scores on average.

The study results came as no surprise to Todd Galati, an exercise physiologist and spokesman for the American Council on Exercise in San Diego. ”These findings are in line with other studies that show similar correlations with increased fitness and higher test scores,” he said.

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