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Exercise boosts kids' brain power; SCIENCE.

ALLOWING children time away from classrooms to exercise and run around boosts their brain power, a team of international experts has said.

A consensus statement signed by 24 researchers from eight countries, including the UK, says exercise is vital to children's physical and mental health and improves academic results.

Expert from universities including in Birmingham, Chester, London and Exeter, agreed a series of 21 separate remarks about the power of physical activity for children.

Published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the statement says "time taken away from academic lessons in favour of physical activity has been shown to not come at the cost of scholastic performance".

It says "physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are beneficial to brain structure, brain function and cognition" and "physical activity before, during and after school promotes scholastic performance in children and youth".

Just a single session of moderate exercise has been shown to have an "acute benefit" on brain function, cognition and academic performance in children, while there are also many benefits in terms of mental health, the statement added.

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