What are the experts saying?

Research Findings

Two studies exploring the connection between fitness levels, academic achievement, attendance and discipline actions in Mississippi students:

“Associations between Health-Related Physical Fitness, Academic Achievement and Selected Academic Behaviors of Elementary and Middle School Students in the State of Mississippi” (PDF)


“The Association Between Fitness and School Test Scores, Attendance, and Discipline among Mississippi Students” (PDF)

In the News

Designed to Move – A Nike-initiated movement trying to understand the roots of inactivity while working to spur collective action to end this problem.


“Exercise Before Class Improves Georgia Students’ Grades, Self-Esteem”  – A short article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focusing on the correlation between grades and exercise in Georgia students.


“Declining Childhood Obesity Rates: Where Are We Seeing the Most Progress?” – A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how Mississippi – among a few other states – has seen its childhood obesity rates decline.