We’ve often blogged on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight by balancing the calories from everything we eat and drink with those we burn through physical activity.  As we wrote just last week, children who are more physically active tend to perform better in school - which is why a collaborative initiative including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreations and Dance (AAHPERD) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, are encouraging the nation’s youth to be more active.

Today, we thought we’d share a study published last week in PLoS One that adds to the body of science on physical activity and learning and helps confirm just how significant one is to the other.  The findings, summarized in a New York Times “Well” blog post suggest “that ‘higher levels of fitness have their greatest impact in the most challenging situations’ that children face intellectually…The more difficult something is to learn, the more physical fitness may aid children in learning it.”

So, after you’ve taken a moment to read the study’s findings, be sure to get out there and get active!