HOST Member BOKS Featured on Today Show

December 16, 2016

boks studyA recent Today show segment featured HOST member BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success), which offers children a before-school physical activity program. And a new study of BOKS' before-school physical activity program has also found correlations between BOKS activity and improvement of specific executive functions in first- and second-grade children.

On the Today show, host Natalie Morales, a long-time runner, teamed with Reebok to design running shoes for kids, with proceeds from the sales going to BOKS. Watch here.

Additionally, a new study from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) concluded that BOKS participation by early elementary school students led to improvements in working memory (the ability to remember and manage information), and shift (the ability to transition from one situation, activity, or aspect of a problem to another).

Authors Georgia Hall, Kristen Fay Poston, and Stephanie Harris say, "These clearly are important skills for success in elementary school. Participating in physical activity before school has double benefits: Not only do children get essential moderate-to-vigorous exercise, but they also build skills linked to academic achievement.... Our research on BOKS suggests that participation is associated with enhanced readiness to learn."

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