Movement and Academic Performance

The Health Fitness Specialist degree program at Globe University seeks to provide the best personal trainer education available. In today’s post, we’ll examine some of the coursework and how it provides relevant information and experiences for those preparing to enter the industry.

On Monday, April 23rd, the Minneapolis Star Tribune prominently featured an article on learning and movement. It appears that the administration at Meadowview Elementary School in Farmington have integrated physical activity and movement at the beginning of the school day as a way to improve brain function.

According to the article, students who had low scores on the fall state assessment tests were asked to engage in physical activity for 15 minutes before classes. When these students re-tested, they showed the most improvement overall. This experiment echoes the important work of Dr. John Ratey who wrote the 2008 book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. This book is an inspiring must-read for every parent and physical education teacher.

Many seeking personal trainer education want to work in youth fitness, recreation or sports.  Childhood obesity rates are increasing and, we can presume, that the concomitant decrease in brain function is also occurring as a result of sedentary behavior. Working
with children is, therefore, increasing in both popularity and importance.

The Health Fitness Specialist bachelor’s degree at Globe University/Minnesota School of Business has two courses addressing youth fitness. The first is Principles in Child Fitness and the other is Advanced Youth Fitness Development. Students in these courses oftentimes work with elementary schools in order to provide much-needed fitness activities for students. Some students perform advocacy work, asking for a thorough examination of No Child Left Behind; an Act of Congress that has virtually eliminated physical education from school curricula across the country and simultaneously failed at what it sought to achieve: improved academic performance.

Let’s move, indeed!