The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement in 2010 that said that more physical activity for students is beneficial not only for health reasons, but also for academic benefits, according to the Star Tribune.
"There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores," the CDC report said, according to the Star Tribune.
For one Minnesota student, physical exercise with academics has made a world of difference in the last year. Alex Sellner, a student at a Farmington elementary school was once in a special reading program, and now is ready for placement in a gifted reading program, according to the Star Tribune.
"It's shocking to me. His test scores went up dramatically. His reading has never been this good. Whatever [Alex's teacher] doing, it's working," said Bob Sellner, Alex's father, according to the Star Tribune.
This theory is being tested by many in the medical and education communities.
A group of educators at the Medical University of South Carolina recently incorporated 40 minutes of physical education everyday while also including a learning component. After participating in the study, more students were able to score higher than before the exercise program was implemented, according to ABC News.