Exercise can help treat depression by increasing serotonin in the brain, lower blood sugar by increasing metabolism, reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by increasing blood flow and improving heart health, and combat Alzheimer’s dementia and cognitive decline due to aging. With all these benefits to the brain, it is important to teach kids the importance of incorporating exercise into our daily lives.
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the University of Washington and executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, is dedicated to educating children about the brain. His most recent project is a new video for his BrainWorks series for kids called “Exercise and the Brain,” which highlights the importance of exercise for a healthy brain. Past videos include Neuroscience for Kids and Kids & Sports Related Concussions.
The video, produced with program support from the Dana Foundation, follows Chudler and five students as they learn about the brain, conduct exercise-related experiments, and speak to scientists and doctors who help explain the neuroscience behind exercise. While the video is geared towards kids, it is full of fun and scientific facts interesting to all ages!
– Ali Chunovic