Sitting is the new smoking- and kids sit in class all day. Not only is sitting a health risk, this sedentary lifestyle also impacts a student’s academic performance.
Here are facts that should get your attention.
How Movement Improves Learning
2 hours of just sitting reduces blood flow, lowers blood sugar, and increases risk of: obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Source
The average U.S. 1st grader spends 943 hours a year in school. Source
Physical activity increases levels of neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the same way ADHD medications do.
Neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, play a key role in sharpening focus and increasing attention. Source
10 minutes of activity equals an 8% increase in on-task behavior. Source
8 of 9 studies found positive associations between classroom-based physical activity and indicators of cognitive skills and attitudes, academic behavior, and academic achievement; none of the studies found negative associations. Source
11 benefits of increased movement include: increases engagement, better oxygen flow to brain, improves behaviour, develops core strength, improves overall posture, burns more calories, releases excess energy, improves metabolism, improves mental health, higher academic performance, better overall health. Source
The infographic below summarizes this data.
What's the buzz?
"Since incorporating the Vidget in our classroom, I have noticed an improvement in attention span, participation, and regulation in my students"
Tara, Occupational Therapist
"The little girl I used it with sat down and ate lunch which she usually does not do - she tends to stand or sit and wiggle in her seat."
Melanie, Director of Occupational Therapy
"When Pearl is in a Vidget, her behavior is 100 times better than when she’d in a normal chair. She’s still has difficulty sitting for that long, but it makes a HUGE difference! Without it, she’s everywhere."
Lara, Pre-K Teacher