Exercise and Mental Health

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EXERCISE AND MENTAL HEALTH 2 Exercise and Mental Health Part 1: Spark I chose Spark by John J. Ratey, M.D., because I strongly believe like Dr. Ratey that the mind is like a muscle that needs to be worked out, stimulated, and challenged to function at a clear healthy level (Ratey, 2008). When I was in nursing school, I clearly remember the feeling of anxiety while studying for a test especially pharmacology. I made index cards to take with me to the park so I could walk and study pharmacology problems. I would take a break and sit to review then proceed to walk and study again. It was intuitive. It was the only way I felt I could learn pharmacology. At the time I didn’t realize what I was doing until I read Spark. The activity made me able to get my serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine neurotransmitter levels increase (Ratey, 2008). Exercise and Mental Health Part II: Two Topics of Interest My first topic of interest is the case study involving Naperville Central High School. A political push to deliver this type of curriculum into U.S. schools would benefit our country in many ways. For example, by starting kids at a young age to engage in physical activities through young adulthood gave Naperville Freshman 97 percent healthy weight children. Thirty percent of U.S. school children are overweight. (Ratey, 2008). In support of Ratey’s Naperville case study, the California Department of Education (CDE) revealed studies of five years that students with higher fitness scores also had higher test scores (Ratey, 2008). In addition to leanness, Naperville student’s academic capabilities were remarkable as they finished first in science ranked internationally. In math, they scored sixth. (Ratey, 2008) With a EXERCISE AND MENTAL HEALTH 3 PE program throughout the U.S. similar to Naperville program, the
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