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Physical Fitness

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The benefits of overall health and physical well-being go beyond our bodies—our cognitive skills also improve with Physical Fitness. Students who exercise regularly strengthen their cognitive skills, which boosts academic performance, including learning to read.

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Physical Fitness is dependent on several important aspects including proper nutrition, regular exercise, and an adequate amount of Sleep.

Cognitive skills improve with increased participation in physical activities, leading to enhanced academic performance. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages six and up engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes each day; however, only 21.6% of children 6 to 19 years old meet this criteria.

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