we can't sit still

National guidelines recommend children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day yet fewer than 4% of elementary schools provide daily PE and only 57% have regular recess.*

School children across the U.S. are growing up without regular physical activity. It's time to get moving.

Shape of the Nation Report (2010) Conducted by National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Heart Association.


evidence suggests that children who exercise on a regular basis perform better in school*

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). The association between school-based physical activity, including physical education and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved January 31, 2012 from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf.

See what happens after a 20 minute walk*

Scan compliments of Dr. Chuck Hillman, University of Illinois based on a composite brain scan of 20 students taking the same test

Drag   me!

exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains*

Dr. John J. Ratey, Harvard Medical School Ratey. J.J., Hagerman, E. (2008). Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York, New York: Little, Brown.

the science bit

Experts agree that a lack of physical exercise and poor eating habits have a negative impact on kids' performance in the classroom and contribute to health problems.

Studies in Georgia, Illinois and California have shown that students who exercised significantly improved their intelligence test scores and core subjects at school, compared to their inactive counterparts.*

An Illinois study found that students who exercised were able to increase their math scores by 16.5%. Ratey, J.J., Hagerman, E. (2008). Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York, New York: Little, Brown.

In a study of California students, those who were more physically fit performed at higher levels in their core subject. London, R.A., Castrechin Edmi, S. (2011). (Vol. 81: Issue 7). A Longitudinal Examination of the Link Between Youth Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement. Journal of School Health.

A Georgia study found that as overweight students increased physical activity their intelligence scores increased against their inactive counterparts. Baker, T., McDowell, Dr. J.E., Tomporowski, Dr. P. (2011). Exercise helps overweight children think better, do better in math. Augusta, GA. Georgia Health Sciences University. Retrieved March, 2011 from http://news.georgiahealth.edu/archives/3263

that's why we created BOKS

The BOKS before-school physical activity program is designed to jump start kids' brains and prepare them for a day of learning.

The program combines play, physical activity, team games and short talks on nutrition to create healthier habits for children to achieve life-long fitness.

BOKS typically starts an hour before school and runs two or three mornings a week.

Our mission

our mission is to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child's mind, body and community

Kathleen Tullie, BOKS Founder