There are many studies around physical activity and test scores. Here is an article talking about how more physical education may be linked to higher Math scores. I've pulled a few things from the article to help me advocate for more PE within my school. Whether you use it to advocate or are just curious, it's pretty cool to think what movement really does for us both mentally, emotionally and physically.
Have you ever wondered how to coordinate a bike or walk to school day?
My school has participated in a Bike/Walk to School Day the past 4 years. The students love it! I promote it through PE and we have a dance party when the students get to school. It's a fantastic way to promote more physical activity and prepare our brains for the all the learning ahead.
This website has all the details and step-by-step plan to help you start a great tradition at your school or in your community. You will also find other support programs such as creating safe routes to school and bike safety.
Here is a great article on how hard exercise can boost the brain.
A great book to read to help advocate or to gain a better understanding of how the brain works.
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
by: John Ratey
In SPARK, John Ratey, MD embarks upon a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, that has put the local school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run.