A healthy mind in a healthy body is a wise old saying and one that is increasingly being backed up by research. The latest piece of evidence to support it comes from a study of 725 children by researchers from West Virginia University. They assessed the children's fitness levels and body mass index in Year 5 and again in Year 7 and their academic performance in Year 7. They found that, on average children who were fit in both years performed best academically. The next best performance was among children who were unfit in Year 5 but had become fit by Year 7, then children who were unfit in Year 7 but had been fit in Year 5. The children who were unfit in both years performed worst of all.
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