Science shows a positive correlation between increased physical activity and high academic achievement. At Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish, students of all athletic abilities participate throughout the week in professionally developed, age- appropriate fitness curriculum in an effort to become more active, fit, and efficient movers.
Pursuit of Athleticism Supports Academics
Research in the U.S. and throughout the world shows a clear link between physical activity and academic achievement. Kids who participate in a variety of physical activities perform better on standardized test as well as in creative exercises.* The Athlos athletic curriculum provides direct support to each student’s academic studies.
Pursuit of Athleticism Challenges Obesity
A rise in childhood obesity has been garnering more attention and concern for the long-term well-being of young people. Besides affecting physical health, a lack of exercise has been shown to relate to depression and low self-esteem.** Not only do regularly scheduled fitness activities increase a student’s health and self-confidence, they become an essential teaching vehicle to put the Athlos Performance Character curriculum into context.
Fun, Effective Way to Learn Character
Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish uses each child's pursuit of athleticism as a tool – not just to create good habits, improve skills, and promote healthy bodies – but as a vehicle for teaching Performance Character. Our athletic curriculum outlines age-appropriate, individual fitness goals that teach grit, courage, focus and the virtues of competition. Athlos Athletic Performance Coaches also mix in team sports to add fun, and to give an opportunity to learn leadership, integrity, humility, and optimism. Since young children learn in a physical way, the Athlos athletic curriculum helps bridge play and meaningful Performance Character lessons about these high-level concepts. And as any Athlos student knows, combining learning and physical activity is a great way to learn.
* The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Cognition in Children: A Meta-Analysis, Pediatric Exercise Science, 2003, 15, 243-256
** Regular Exercise Reduces Depressive Symptoms, Improves Self-Esteem In Overweight Children, Science Daily, March 18, 2009