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Year Published: 2014
A randomized control study of 221 children participating in the Fitness Improves Thinking in Kids (FITKids) program, a nine-month afterschool physical activity program. Students participating in FITKids in their afterschool program increased their physical fitness by 6 percent compared to less than 1 percent improvement by students not participating in the program. Students in the afterschool program also improved their ability to pay attention, avoid distraction, and switch between cognitive tasks.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Urbana, IL
Grade level: Elementary School
Program Demographics: Fifty-three percent of study participants were girls, and 43 percent were considered categorized as having low socio-economic status. More than half of participants were Caucasian (51 percent), 25 percent were African-American, 17 percent were Asian, 10 percent were Hispanic, and 16 percent were mixed race or other. Forty-four percent of participants were diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).