Volume 4, Issue 3

Healthy bodies, healthy minds, Spring 2012 Healthy bodies, healthy minds - UK Better, Spring 2012

As this issue of Better explains, physical and mental health can make a difference to pupil test scores. Physical exercise gets us fit, produces endorphins, encourages mastery, and helps us to work in teams. Yoga may help pupils to be more mindful, getting them to reflect on immediate choices about what they eat, hear, and do. School curricula such as LifeSkills Training can boost young people’s ability to resist doing what they should not do, like taking drugs. A tired and satisfied child will sleep through the night and wake up ready for school.


4–5Using physical education and sport to raise school standardsAnnette Montague
6–7Sport and educational achievementKaren Schucan Bird,
Mark Newman, and Janice Tripney
8–9Physical activity programmes for at-risk pupilsDavid Lubans
10–11Mindful yoga for urban youthTamar Mendelson and
Mark Greenberg
12–13Are children fit and active?Neil Armstrong
14–15How does sleep affect academic performance?Eric Eide and Mark Showalter
16–17Addressing school effects on drug useAdam Fletcher
18–19LifeSkills Training and educational performanceKenneth Griffin and Gilbert Botvin
20–21Promoting positive behaviours and self-imageChudley Werch
22–23Helping parents prevent problem behaviourKevin Haggerty and Rick Kosterman
24–25Evidence in the news
26–27Latest research