The Century Council applauds the Colorado General Assembly for recognizing that healthy children are more likely to be engaged learners. This week, Governor John Hickenlooper enacted legislation supporting physical activity in elementary schools, ensuring “that all children have access to activities that build their bodies and their brains and support their abilities to think, react, create, and learn.”
The new policy will be implemented beginning with the 2011-12 school year and requires physical activity which may include exercise programs, fitness breaks, recess, field trips and classroom activities that include physical activity, and P.E. classes. Since many kids are not exposed to physical activity outside of school, this will provide a great way for them to get healthy AND process information better.
This echoes the basis for our interactive Ask Listen Learn game—research by Harvard Medical School’s Dr. John Ratey, showing that for your brain to function at its peak, your body needs to move. We are excited that Colorado lawmakers have acknowledged the link between mind and body, and are incorporating this concept into their public schools.