Students Move to Learn

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Meridian, Miss. Move to Learn brought its message of physical activity benefiting the mind to Poplar Springs Elementary School Thursday.

Move to Learn is a concept that an active body can help to refocus the mind.

Kids are always full of energy, and sitting at a school desk can lead to them becoming fidgety and suddenly they can't focus on the work they are supposed to be doing.

According to Move to Learn, just a few minutes of physical activity a couple of times a during the school day can help both kids and teacher get refocused and ready to work.

"I think it's great. I think the kids need to move," said Brook Gillette, 3rd grade teacher. "I think they need to get up. As a teacher I don't want to sit at a desk all day, and I don't expect my children to sit at a desk all day. So we're moving in our classroom and I feel like you get a much better result if they're able to exercise while learning, and exercise while doing other activities."

The movements were designed by Coach Calhoun to specifically get the blood flowing just right for kids and adults. The kids said it was a lot of fun, and educational, one even thinks it helped him on a test he took after the presentation.

There are videos available to teachers online free of charge that they can play for the class so everyone can get up, move around, and be ready to go.

Officials say Move to Learn could also help with the state's high childhood obesity rate. Mississippi has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation, trailing Louisiana. Alabama has the fifth highest rate. Here are the percentages:
Louisiana - 34.7%
Mississippi - 34.6%
Arkansas - 34.5%
Alabama - 33%