Summers the time for your kids to be activeto jump,
run, play ball and have fun. And it turns out that all that free-wheelin
exercise is good for the minds of your children, too.
Scientists have detected evidence that exercise help keeps neurons
alive and stimulates cell growth. Researchers at the Salk Institute
in La Jolla, California, found that mice living in an environment
that included running wheels, tunnels and toys improved their learning
ability and doubled the number of new neurons in an area of the
brain that involves long-term memory.
At Princeton University, research shows the number of new brain
cells produced per day more than doubled in monkeys who regularly
took part in exercises that used motor and decision-making skills.
At the eight branches of the Springfield-Greene County Library
times always include movement of some typedancing, hopping
up and downfollowed by the three-year-olds sitting quietly
while the librarian reads a book. Its a balance of mind and
body exercisewhat we call the Minds in Motion initiative.
Make this connection in your kids by checking out any of these
books from the Library:
Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the Worlds Fastest Woman
by Kathleen KrullDramatically visualized, this remarkable
story shows how the sickliest child from Clarksville, Tennessee,
became an Olympic champion.
Just a Game by John FarrellWinning or losing, its
all about how you play the game. The soccer kids teach the adult
fans and coaches this important lifetime lesson.
Basketball Dream by Barbara E. BarberAll sports
have their ups and downsits how you cope with them
that counts. Allies story is a tribute to perseverance.
Team That Couldnt Lose by Matt ChristopherA
chapter book for older kids, this is the story of a football team
that cant figure out where their fantastic new plays are