Focus on Fitness at Park Brook Elementary is based upon research.  Below you will find different articles and videos that explain why Park Brook Elementary has a Focus on Fitness initiative. 


Screen time is the time children spend in front of any type of electronic device whether it be television, iPad, smart phone, and so on.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 18 months, one hour per day for ages 2 -5, and to limit screen time for children 5 and up.  In 2016 the recommended time for children over six-years-of-age-and-up changed from a “nor more than two hours”, to “limit screen time”.  Click here for an interesting article that has the perspective that the change was made to accommodate what is occurring in society with screen time.


Stability balls, Kore Stools, and Hokki Stools are used instead of traditional chairs at Park Brook Elementary. Some research indicates about a 10% increase in brain activity while sitting on a stability seat.  This article by Amy Occhipinti discusses four benefits of sitting on a stability ball.  Click here to read the article.


Focus on Fitness—Academics: Park Brook Elementary approaches education differently than many schools with the Focus on Fitness initiative.  The purpose is to increase academic growth and positive behaviors.  Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., MPH, is a research associate professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Division of Community-Based Research and Training at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, wrote this article for the Miami Herald discussing physical activity and academic growth.  Click here to read the article


Dad’s and Fitness:  While the Focus on Fitness initiative is primarily focused on students, increasing fitness is beneficial for all.  While this article is based upon research from Australia, the results are important for all, and most likely would be true for students as well. This article addresses heart disease, depression and obesity in men. The article states, “Exercise would be the most widely prescribed medication on earth if it could be condensed into a pill.”  Obesity and depression are factors in heart disease for men.  By exercising just one hour per week, symptoms of depression decrease; it appears that additional exercise continues to reduce the symptoms of depression.  Click here to read the article.


ADHD and Exercise!  This article, with links to other articles regarding ADHD, highlights the importance of exercise for those with ADHD.  Exercise benefits all individuals by increasing our ability to focus, learn, and so on, in addition, for those with ADHD exercise is essential to assist them with focusing and regulating their bodies.  Click here to read the article.


Exercise, sleep and ADHD:   Whether or not your child has ADHD, the information in this article can benefit any child. Click here to read the article.

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class, a recent article in the New York Times highlights the need for students to move and be physically active.  One of the key researchers quoted in the articles states, ““Daily physical activity is an opportunity for the average school to become a high-performing school.”  Click here to read the article.

Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina.  Two short videos are below that help summarize the work by Dr. Medina.  A number of staff members at Park Brook have read his book. 

When you walk through Park Brook you will notice the stability balls, Hokki Stools and students moving in classrooms.  The brain research is why we offer Morning Move, Boot Camps and other fitness opportunities for students.

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1st Grade Boys & Reading:  The link is to an article about the benefits of movement for first-grade boys....the more they move, the better they do in reading in 2nd and 3rd grades.  Click HERE for the article link.

School Info

Park Brook Elementary
7400 Hampshire Ave N
Brooklyn Park MN 55428

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
Office Hours
7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Phone & Fax

School Office

General Fax 

School Leadership

Scott Taylor