2010-2011 Undergraduate Research in Nutrition and Food Science
Over the last three decades, the prevalence of overweight in adolescents has quadrupled from 4 percent in 1971-74 to 17 percent in 2003-06. Schools can play a critical role in increasing physical activity by offering quality, daily physical education. This study examined the effects of physical activity on academic performance in high school students, and found that a higher level of physical activity positively correlates to GPA. An understanding of this topic can help to improve physical education programs in Kentucky high schools and potentially reduce the percentage of high school dropout rates.