Is there a relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement? Positive results from public school children in the northeastern United … – PubMed


To determine relationships between physical fitness and academic achievement in diverse, urban public school children.


This cross-sectional study used public school data from 2004 to 2005. Academic achievement was assessed as a passing score on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) achievement tests in Mathematics (fourth, sixth, and eighth grade, n = 1103) and in English (fourth and seventh grade, n = 744). Fitness achievement was assessed as the number of physical fitness tests passed during physical education (PE). Multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to assess the probability of passing the MCAS tests, controlling for students’ weight status (BMI z score), ethnicity, gender, grade, and socioeconomic status (school lunch enrollment).


The odds of passing both the MCAS Mathematics test and the MCAS English test increased as the number of fitness tests passed increased (p < .0001 and p < .05, respectively).


Results show statistically significant relationships

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More than 100 Boston-area hospital employees test positive for coronavirus

More than 100 hospital employees in Boston have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as the city’s health system responds to the disease’s outbreak. 

Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center told CNN on Wednesday that dozens of their workers had tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital confirmed 45 cases among its staff, while Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed 41 cases and Boston Medical Center said 15 of its employees had contracted the virus.

The revelations came as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to surge in many places across the U.S., overwhelming health systems. State and health officials have increasingly warned of a shortage in necessary hospital equipment, noting that they are running out of intensive care unit beds and other critical supplies amid a rise in patients.

Terri Ogan, a representative at Massachusetts General Hospital, said the hospital

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