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:

Utah Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds PLS

Utah Setting You Up for Success PLS

Active Education - Fact Sheet for Administrators and Parents - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Active Kids Do Better in Class

Moving for a Better Mind

Longhorn Game Changers

Az AHPERD Robert P. Pangrazi Scholar Lecture

Montana Let's Move! Active Schools Summit

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.

Last updated on June 23, 2015