UofL researchers are working with Hawthorne Elementary students to see if 15 minutes of targeted exercises each day will help their balance, motor control and behavior.
UofL researchers are working with Hawthorne Elementary students to see if 15 minutes of targeted exercises each day will help their balance, motor control and behavior.

Second through fifth graders at Hawthorne Elementary School spend 15 minutes every day in the gym, going through several stages and exercises as part of a research project with UofL.

UofL researchers are working with the students to see if these targeted exercises each day will help their balance, motor control and behavior.

“We are looking at the correlation between physical activity and academic performance and how it can impact behavior as well,” said Daniela Terson de Paleville, exercise physiology professor. “… With 15 minutes, you can have a great impact.”

“What we’re really excited to see is how this changes how they function in their classrooms. Hopefully this will improve their attention, their focus. It even is suppose to improve their overall health,” said Hawthorne principal Jessica Rosenthal. 

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Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.