Kinetic Kidz Lab
Research in this lab examines the effects of physical activity and the relationship of metabolic risk factors on cognitive health. We strive to understand how physical activity can reverse the effects of health risk.
Kinetic Kidz Program
The Kinetic Kidz program is intended to promote lifelong physical activity among youth. Personalized evaluation and small group participation phsyical activity sessions are employed to reaffirm the importance of regular engagement and to improve self-efficacy. The benefits of such participation will be reiterated through these individualized appointments, whereby youth learn through active gaming and other forms of physical activity. Meet the research team.
Recent presentations and resources for teachers, adminstrators, and physical activity leaders:
Active Education - Fact Sheet for Administrators and Parents - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Selected Research Publications
Castelli, D.M., Glowacki, E.M., Barcelona, J.M., Calvert, H.G., & Hwang, J. (2014). Physical Activity and Academic Performance. Published by Active Living Research [ALR], [invited].
Institute of Medicine, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School (May 2013). Washington, DC. [Contributing author].
Institute of Medicine, Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth (August 2012). Washington, DC. [Contributing author].
Chaddock, L., Erickson, K.I., Voss, M.W., Kencht, A.M., Pontifex, M.B., Castelli, D.M., Hillman, C.H., & Kramer, A. (2013). The effects of physical activity on functional MRI activation associated with cognitive control in children: A randomized controlled intervention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(72). DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00072.
Castelli, D.M., Barcelona, J. M., & Bryant, L. (2015). Contextualizing physical literacy in the school environment: The challenges. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 4, 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2015.04.003
Hillman, C. H., Pontifex, M., Castelli, D.M., Khan, N., Raine, L., Scudder, M., Drollette, E. Moore, R., Wu, C-T., & Kamijo, K. (2014). The effects of a FITKids randomized controlled trial on executive control and brain function. Pediatrics, 134(4), e1063-e1071. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-3219
Phillips, D., Hannon, J., & Castelli, D.M. (in press). Effects of vigorous intensity physical activity on mathematics test performance. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.
Muzaffar, H., Castelli, D.M., Sherer, J., Chapman-Novakofski, K. (in press). The impact of healthy outcomes for teens (HOT Project): A randomize
Kamijo, K., Pontifex, M. B., Khan, N. A., Raine, L. B., Scudder, M. R., Drollette, E. S., Evans, E. M., Castelli, D. M., & Hillman, C. H. (2012). The negative association of childhood obesity to the cognitive control of action monitoring. Cerebral Cortex (online publication date 11-11-2012).
Beighle, A., Carson, R.L., Castelli, D.M., & Erwin, H.E. (2013). School-based physical activity promotion: A conceptual framework for research and practice. Quest, 64(4), available online.
Keating, X., & Ayers, S., Castelli, D.M. (2013). Association of weekly strength exercise frequency and academic performance among students at a large university in the United States. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 27.7 (2013): 1988-1993.
Kamijo, K., Pontifex, M., Khan, N., Raine, L., Scudder, M., Drollette, E., Evans, E., Castelli, D., Hillman, C. (2012). The association of childhood obesity to neuroeletric indices of inhibition. Psychophysiology, 49, 1361-1371.