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Study finds physically active kids to be more successful

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that kids who are physically active are more likely to score higher on tests. Kids who participate in sports tend to score higher on cognitive exams and have better spatial learning and memory. 

According to the study, kids who were physically fit scored an average of 54.2 percent, while children who did not regularly work out scored an average of 44.2 percent. Overall, kids scored better when they learned new information, but didn't have as high of results when asked to recite the information later. 

Parents should encourage their kids to be physically active through sports teams as well as at home. Bike riding is a great way for families to bond and be active together, and it opens up the door for families to explore nearby forest preserves and nature centers. Games like basketball, baseball and soccer can also be ideal for kids to build confidence and learn valuable techniques. 

As the fall season is officially here, parents can embrace the chillier weather with outdoor sports and activities like running and hiking.  

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