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Julius Sawhney, a preschooler at Red Wing YMCA Sunshine Corner, rides a scooter in the big gym. Physical activity gives children an advantage in the classroom, teacher Mary Niehues said.

Exercise linked to academic performance

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New research that says physical activity improves academic performance in kids is causing teachers to shut down the computers and bring out the scooters.

The connection between exercise and good grades was discovered by a group of researchers in the Netherlands, who wrote about their observations in the January 2012 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

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