WWC review of this study

Exercise improves executive function and achievement and alters brain activation in overweight children: A randomized, controlled trial.

Davis, C. L., Tomporowski, P. D., McDowell, J. E., Austin, B. P., Miller, P. H., Yanasak, N. E., Allison, J. D., & Naglieri, J. A. (2011). Health Psychology, 30(1), 91–98.

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    116
     Students
    , grades
    1-6

Reviewed: March 2012

No statistically significant positive
findings
Meets WWC standards without reservations
Cognition outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
ESSA
rating

Successive

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

High dose;
116 students

104.00

101.00

No

--
More Outcomes

Planning (executive function)

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

High dose;
116 students

105.00

102.00

No

--

Simultaneous

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

Low-dose;
115 students

107.00

105.00

No

--

Successive

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted posttest

Low-dose;
115 students

103.00

101.00

No

--

Planning (executive function)

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

Low-dose;
115 students

103.00

102.00

No

--

Simultaneous

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

High dose;
116 students

106.00

105.00

No

--

Attention

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

High dose;
116 students

104.00

104.00

No

--

Attention

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

Low-dose;
115 students

104.00

104.00

No

--
General Mathematics Achievement outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
ESSA
rating

Broad math

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

High dose;
96 students

107.00

104.00

No

--
More Outcomes

Broad math

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

Low-dose;
96 students

105.00

104.00

No

--
Reading achievement outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
ESSA
rating

Broad reading

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted Posttest

Low-dose;
96 students

101.00

100.00

No

--
More Outcomes

Broad reading

Exercise Program vs. Business as usual

Adjusted posttest

High dose;
96 students

100.00

100.00

No

--

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • Female: 56%
    Male: 44%
  • Race
    Black
    61%
    White
    39%
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