Afterschool Exercise Program Boosts Kids’ Fitness and Cognition

September 29, 2014 5:09 PM

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Exercise is good for physical and mental health regardless of age, which is why so many programs have been created to encourage people to be more active. In a new study, researchers examined the effects of afterschool exercise programs on children between the ages of seven and nine. The team discovered that these programs could help boost the kids' fitness and cognition.

In this nine-month long study, the researchers recruited 221 children who were randomly assigned to the afterschool exercise program or to a wait-list group that acted as the control. The afterschool exercise program, called FITKids, was based on another program known as CATCH. The kids in this grou...

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