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Fitness and learning are focus of parenting seminar in Farmington

There is, it seems, a direct correlation between students who are physically active and those who get good grades in school.

Need proof? Just ask Meadowview Elementary School teacher Joe McCarthy or North Trail Elementary School teacher Jack Olwell. The two physical education instructors believe in the connection so strongly, they’re holding a session about the topic for parents next Monday.

McCarthy and Olwell are the hosts of the next Farmington/Lakeville Parenting Series, presented by the community education departments of ISD 192 and ISD 194. The session is called The Brain-Body Connection.

The two phy ed teachers have done extensive research on the benefits of exercise for students, and how that activity affects the way students learn. The connection, McCarthy said, is that students who are physically active tend to have better health, and better test scores.

To help parents understand the connection, the duo has come up with three academic games that parents will participate in during the session.

“We want the parents to experience how the kids feel when they move in their physical education classes,” McCarthy said.

They will also talk about the importance of being good role models for students, particularly when it comes to their own physical activity. Parents who are active teach their children to be active, McCarthy said.

“If my kids see me move, they are going to think, ‘This is important enough for me to move, too,’” McCarthy said.

The Brain-Body Connection will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 in the lecture hall at Farmington High School. It is free and open to the public.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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