BOKS: Active kids = Active Minds

While in Boston with Reebok, I was able to listen to an incredible man speak as well as learn about Reebok’s involvement in a program to help kids become more active and therefore do better in school!




Dr. John Ratey is a psychologist and author of the books “Go Wild” and “Spark” focusing on the effects of exercise on the brain and it’s stimulation – both in adults and mostly in the minds of children.




Physical Education is an area in our schools today where there is a lack of attention put into the importance of exercise. Many physical ed classes have been taken out schools’ curriculums either all together or at minimal intervals.  Without getting into huge detail, the science proved something simple: “The one thing you can do to maintain cognitive function and decline aging process from a young age – Exercise”


Dr Ratey shared a lot of information based on studies he’s participated in or conducted related to the impact of Exercise on the brain and on our overall health and wellness:


* Exercise is now seen as a a treatment for depression and any anxiety or mood issues
* Endorphins are free and holistic vs morphine or marijuana that have the same impact on the brain
* In regards to children, we’ve seen higher test scores with children who are fit and active before starting their day
* In a comparison of 20 students – after a walk they showed an increase in brain activity
* The CEO of the brain is the frontal lobe, it’s the last to develop, makes us human, and is turned on when we exercise (can also get sleepy in those with ADD or ADHD)
* Mayo clinic studies show that brain function improved in cognitive tests in those people exercised versus those who didn’t
* We shouldn’t look for long term effects immediately – those come later and are guarantee when we exercise. Instead, we should look for the acute effects: better day happier etc





Dr. Ratey also partners with Reebok alongside Kathleen Tullie to also support the BOKS program. The BOKS program, which stands for Build Our Kids Success, was founded by Kathleen (an initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Foundation) when she had a vested interest in helping her own children become more active in their day. After reading his book, Spark, she finally had evidence to support her mission of getting kids to be more active so that they could do better in school and be fit overall – she her past experience as an athlete to remind others that being active creates positivity that is missing in our schools with programs supporting fitness being almost obsolete.

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The Program is simple and effective! You can get more info on how to get involved in the BOKS program HERE or to see how to enroll your kid’s school!


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Do you feel the positive effects of exercise in yourself?

Do you feel that kids miss out on more physical activity that we all had ourselves when we were in school?

Would you be interested in more information on how to be a BOKS champion in your local area?

The Winner of the SPARTAN RACE ENTRY from last week’s post is LAURA W!

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    September 17, 2014, 8:09 am

    OH YOU KNOW there are NO WORDS for how I love this!!
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      September 17, 2014, 8:32 am

      I knew you would!

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    September 17, 2014, 9:05 am

    Oh I LOVE this! It sounds like an amazing program!!!
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    September 17, 2014, 9:48 am

    I really hate that children are not getting the PE classes at school anymore. And don’t get me started when I see an obese child at the mall or at the beach… just makes me sad. Hopefully more programs will be established to help children develop an eagerness for [physical activity.
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    September 18, 2014, 10:13 am

    Love, love, love this! Physical activity is SO important for children!
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    September 19, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Honestly, I don’t think kids are getting less exercise, I think more parents are demonstrating lazy and unhealthy behaviors for their children.

    B goes outside every single day (unless it is a polar vortex or monsoon type rains) even if it is for 20 minutes. He is also at a pre-school that has the same mentality, he gets at least 20 minutes of outside play every day he is there.

    We enjoy a treat here or there, but for the most part we encourage veggies and healthy foods as our main pieces of our meals. I get that people might be more busy, but it is just as easy to get a pre-made salad at the grocery store as it is to go to McDonalds.

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      September 22, 2014, 8:08 pm

      Having a program like BOKS would make it so much easier for parents to give their kids more activity before class for sure – and possibly start healthier habits that most people aren’t familiar with.

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