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  • Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers

    Kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman (right), postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman and their colleagues found that physically fit children had more compact white-matter tracts in the brain than children who were less fit.

    Kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman (right), postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman and their colleagues found that physically fit children had more compact white-matter tracts in the brain than children who were less fit.

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      Kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman (right), postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman and their colleagues found that physically fit children had more compact white-matter tracts in the brain than children who were less fit.

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      With his colleagues, Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer found an association between physical fitness and the integrity of white-matter tracts in the brains of 9- and 10-year-old children.

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  • To reach Laura Chaddock-Heyman, call 217-300-0746; email lchaddo2@illinois.edu. To reach Art Kramer, call 217-244-8373; email a-kramer@illinois.edu. To reach Charles Hillman, call 217-244-2633; email chhillma@illinois.edu. The paper, “Aerobic fitness is associated with greater white matter integrity in children” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.