Speaker Series: Understanding the Body-Mind Connection

How Physical Fitness Can Improve Student Outcomes and Build Better Brains

Sept. 23 Webcast brought to you by:
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series

Watch Video Clips:


  • Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
  • Penny McPhee’s op-ed describing the connection between physical fitness, student performance and brain development.
  • Gov. Perdue’s media event launching the SHAPE Partnership and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
  • CDC Reporton Physical Activity and School Performance

Ken Cooper, M.D., is the Founder of The Cooper Institute and renowned leader of FITNESSGRAM, the physical fitness and activity assessment designated for use in Georgia schools. NFL PLAY 60 is the sole national partner of FITNESSGRAM, which serves as the physical assessment tool for NFL programs.

Dr. John A. Ratey is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Georgia leaders are pulling together to reverse the state’s childhood obesity crisis, with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Children’s Health Alliance, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, the Georgia Department of Education and Governor Sonny Perdue coordinating efforts to improve children’s health. Now new research shows increasing physical fitness levels can deliver even greater returns, such as better student outcomes and even changes that create new and stronger brain cells.