President's Education Forum
Physical Activity Benefits Learning:
Implications for Policy Makers
February 22, 2011
This forum will address known links between physical activity and academic performance, with a clear emphasis on student achievement. It will reflect data obtained from local sources and national sources, and it will focus on salient points necessary for policy makers to understand while making crucial decisions regarding K-12 student outcomes.
Dr. Karin Pfeiffer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and faculty in the Center for Physical Activity and Health at Michigan State University. She has been studying physical activity and health-related fitness in children and youth for the past 14 years. She has experience working on grant-funded research with age groups ranging from preschool through high school. Her main areas of expertise are in measurement of physical activity and interventions to increase physical activity. Dr. Pfeiffer is currently engaged in research examining associations between physical activity and academic performance in Michigan elementary school children.
For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Markle, Assistant Dean, Office of K-12 Outreach, Michigan State University, 517.353.8950.
Karin Allor Pfeiffer, Ph.D., FACSM, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Center for Physical Activity and Health, Michigan State University