Student Well-Being

Before-School Physical Activity Can Boost Achievement, Expert Says

By Bryan Toporek — March 14, 2013 1 min read

Letting students play outside for even 20 minutes before school can help boost their academic performance, health, and confidence, says Kathleen Tullie, founder and executive director of the BOKS before-school physical activity program.

I spoke over the phone with Tullie on Wednesday, less than a week after the Reebok Foundation announced a three-year, $30 million commitment to expanding physical activity opportunities for students at the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington. BOKS, which stands for “Build Our Kids’ Success,” is part of the Reebok Foundation.

Tullie started the BOKS program back in late 2009, initially calling it “Fit Kidz Get Up & Go,” after coming across Dr. John Ratey’s book .

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.