A study of de-identified data from 13,000 Kansas students in grades 4-9 finds a link between physical fitness and performance on standardized math and reading tests in the state.

The Kansas Health Foundation funded the study that used data during the 2011-2012 school year. The study linked five fitness test results using an assessment tool called FitnessGram with academic performance. FitnessGram tests measure aerobic capacity, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility to determine if students are in a “healthy fitness zone” for their age and gender, according to the Kansas Department of Education and the Department of Health and Environment.

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