Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our Trip to Sacramento for The Governor's Council Ceremony

We did our best to document what we could on the whirlwind trip to Sacramento. I wish all of my 100 Mile Club® Kids and Families, and Coaches, and everyone could have been there with us. The whole time, I was thinking of you all...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Let's Get Technical for a Minute...seriously.

Basal ganglia volume is associated with aerobic fitness in preadolescent children.

Chaddock L, Erickson KI, Prakash RS, VanPatter M, Voss MW,
Pontifex MB, Raine LB, Hillman CH, Kramer AF.

Department of Psychology, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20693803

ABSTRACT, August 2010:  The present investigation is the first to explore the association between childhood aerobic fitness and basal ganglia structure and function. Rodent research has revealed that exercise influences the striatum by increasing dopamine signaling and angiogenesis.

In children, higher aerobic fitness levels are associated with greater hippocampal volumes, superior performance on tasks of attentional and interference control, and elevated event-related brain potential indices of executive function.

The present study used magnetic resonance imaging to investigate if higher-fit and lower-fit 9- and 10-year-old children exhibited differential volumes of other subcortical brain regions, specifically the basal ganglia involved in attentional control. The relationship between aerobic fitness, dorsal and ventral striatum volumes and performance on an attention and inhibition Eriksen flanker task was also examined.

The results indicated that...

  • Higher-fit children showed superior flanker task performance compared to lower-fit children.
  • Higher-fit children also showed greater volumes of the dorsal striatum, and dorsal striatum volume was negatively associated with behavioral interference.
The results support the claim that the dorsal striatum is involved in cognitive control and response resolution and that these cognitive processes vary as a function of aerobic fitness. No relationship was found between aerobic fitness, the volume of the ventral striatum and flanker performance.

The findings suggest that increased childhood aerobic fitness is associated with greater dorsal striatal volumes and that this is related to enhanced cognitive control.

Because children are becoming increasingly overweight, unhealthy and unfit, understanding the neurocognitive benefits of an active lifestyle during childhood has important public health and educational implications.

What does this all MEAN??
It means, let's get MOVIN'!
It means fit kids can pay attention more easily that their unfit peers.

It means what we are doing is helping our kids academically, physically and socially! 

It means what we are doing is working!

So...go! Run, move, walk, increase the volume of your basal ganglia!! At school, at home, before school, during school, after school...everywhere, all the time!  :)


Is there any reason NOT to?

The results are in. again.

Saying you don't have time to physically get out and move during the day because you, your students, and/or your school simply have no time and are too focused on "The Academics" is like saying you have no time to sleep because you are just too tired to be able to fit sleep in to your schedule.  Yea.  It's like that.

It just doesn't make sense.

This new study proves that exercise, optimal learning capacity, and brain development go hand in hand...in hand.

In an experiment published last month, researchers recruited schoolchildren, ages 9 and 10, who lived near the Champaign-Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and asked them to run on a treadmill. The researchers were hoping to learn more about how fitness affects the immature human brain. Read more from the NY Times blogger, Tara Parker-Pope.  She sums it up perfectly. 

100 Mile Club® Kids at Washington School in Norco ALL gather for a brisk morning jog. 

...the takeaway is clear. “More aerobic exercise” for young people, Mr. Kuhn said. Mr. Hillman agreed. So get kids moving, he added, and preferably away from their Wiis. A still-unpublished study from his lab compared the cognitive impact in young people of 20 minutes of running on a treadmill with 20 minutes of playing sports-style video games at a similar intensity.

Running improved test scores immediately afterward.

Playing video games did not. 

Source:  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/phys-ed-can-exercise-make-kids-smarter/

Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports SPOTLIGHT AWARD Ceremony: The 100 Mile Club® Brings Home the Gold!

Click the screen to begin.

If you go to about minute 17, it is us. We were first up...

It was exceedingly apparent that the Governor's Council is the product of the two most important blocks of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success: industriousness and enthusiasm. Without those two blocks, nothing else is possible.

Visit Coach Wooden's Website and an interactive Pyramid of Success at http://www.coachwooden.com/

Kenny Rogers, Executive Director, Jake Steinfeld, Council Chairman, and Karla Borromeo, Project Director made the day comfortable, enjoyable, and so incredibly special for us all.  Walking in, they knew my name, my son's name, and welcomed us with open arms.  The ceremony was equal parts pep rally and dignified ceremony...cheeky, entertaining, and simultaneously 100% mission-focused.


Best quote that I remember from the morning reception:

Our kids are our future, and if our kids aren't healthy, we have nothing. -Jake Steinfeld

Best thing said to me onstage right after a medal and a hug: 

YOU are doing it big time! - Arnold Schwarzenneger

WE are doing it big time.  What we are doing is working!  Last week, I received calls from schools in inner cities, schools in fancy ocean view neighborhoods, and schools in hard working suburbs.  They all have the same issues...getting kids healthy and reconnected to school, their commmunities, and themselves. 

We are in this TOGETHER.  Be sure to stay connected and join or bookmark our Facebook page, and even follow our periodic tweets!  The website calendar is a great way to stay on top of upcoming events, and if you have an event to add, shoot us an email with your info and we will add it...no matter where you are!

Visit http://www.calgovcouncil.org/Spotlight/ for more information!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ultramarathoner Jimmy Dean Freeman Visits 100 Mile Club® School

At 9:30 PST on September 2, Jimmy Dean Freeman left his house in Brentwood and went for a little run...62 miles to be exact. All night. All the way to McKinley School in Corona. Waiting for him were 800 kids and a microphone. This is just silly little Flip video that we shot during the assembly...The real video is coming soon! Go, Jimmy GO!