Academic performance by fitness level

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Regular physical activity helps improve overall health and fitness as well as reduces risk for chronic disease. Newly implemented research has determined that there is a high correlation between physical fitness and academic success.
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Definitions: Percent of 4th graders that are fit by "fitness level."A fit student will score within the (HFZ)* for all the following five tests:
1) PACER ( aerobic capacity)
2) Curl-up (abdominal strength and endurance)
3) Trunk Lift (trunk extensor strength)
4) Push-up (upper body strength)
5) Back Saver Sit and Reach (flexibility)

Data Source: Nemours Health and Prevention Services , Department of Policy, Evaluation and Research

Footnotes: The Delaware Department of Education and Nemours Health & Prevention Services collaborated to analyze the relationships among Delaware student physical fitness levels, academic outcomes and student behaviors. Delaware schools utilize a fitness assessment tool called "FitnessGram," developed by the Cooper Institute, to measure aerobic capacity, strength, endurance and flexibility of students; testing occurs in grades 4, 7, 9/10. The ideal outcomes is for students to be at or above standards in all five fitness tests.