The more energy kids burn, the better they learn

By Travis Saunders, MSc, CEP

Parents often worry (I am told) that reserving time for kids to be physically active reduces their time for studying and other academic pursuits, which will lead to poor grades, bad jobs, and eventual economic collapse.

Thankfully the evidence does not bear this out, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have produced the below infographic to illustrate that fact (click the image to be taken to the full-sized version on the “Burn to Learn” website).

The accompany text from the Burn to Learn website reads:

Did you know that teens who receive mostly A’s are almost twice as likely to get the CDC recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity than teens who receive mostly Ds and Fs? Kids who perform better in school are more likely to be physically active on a regular basis. Adding physical activity to the school day can not only keep kids healthy, but also increase attention, behavior and positive attitudes leading to improved academic performance.

While physical activity doesn’t seem to detract from academic performance, one thing clearly does – screen time.  Our group published a systematic review last year that found that high levels of screen time were consistently associated with lower academic achievement and behavioural problems in school-aged children.  So if you want your kids to do well in school get them away from the TV and into some physical activity.  Simply taking them outside is probably a good place to start.


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Finding Fashion in Paris

By Carleigh Rose, Iowa State University

My international experience is over and came to a close about a week ago. After my classes in Paris I traveled around Madrid, Spain for about a week and stayed with friends. Spain was so different from France. The culture is much more laid back, the food has a bit more kick, and in general the prices were much lower. I enjoyed wandering around the streets of Madrid because it was a nice change from the French way of life. I never felt the need to plan anything, which was nice. I am back in the United States and ready to start the beginning of my senior year! I feel like my design style has improved greatly and I am ready to use the tools I learned in Paris toward my future processes. I recently received photos that Paris American Academy had taken for me of the projects I completed.


The felt hat I created, with three different shades of ribbon and a vintage button!


This was my feather project. The feathers I used were Ostrich and Pheasant.


This was the project I worked on everyday while I was in Paris with over fifty hours of hand sewing. This skirt was based on the Madame Gres technique, which was taught by Madame Picco who worked with Madame Gres for over thirty years!

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