Research shows recess good for kids' brains

August 25, 2009 (CHICAGO) According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 67 percent of schools nationwide offer at least 20 minutes of recess every day for all students. Researchers say the biggest reason is the pressure to improve test scores within core academic subjects.

But, CDC researcher Sarah Lee has teamed up with the Cartoon Network's "Get Animated" program to spread the word, because she says recess can do as much for a child's brain as it does for their bodies.

"There is evidence that shows recess can actually improve classroom attentiveness, concentration and time on task," said Lee.

Miami Heat player and Chicago native Dwyane Wade has also stepped up to help with the CDC's effort.

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