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The What and Why of Physical Activity Breaks

Physical activity is an amazing boost for the brain! During physical activity of moderate intensity, blood flow, oxygen, and electrical activity 

increases in areas of the brain responsible for movement and learning. But the secret ingredient is brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Watch this video to learn more about BDNF and its influence on student learning. (Duration: 2 min)

Teacher Resources

Now that you have a better understanding of the multiple benefits of physical activity on student learning, are you ready to get your students moving in the classroom? Activities in this compendium are fun and easy to implement. Warning: these activities may cause health benefits and more motivated and focused students!

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Teacher Training

Welcome to Module 1: The What and Why of Activity Breaks

After completing this module you will be able to describe the benefits of classroom physical activity breaks on student health, well-being, and achievement. 

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