SNEWS® Live: Expert expounds on building a better brain through exercise

SNEWS® Live speaks with John Ratey, a professor at Harvard Medical School, who makes the case for exercise as a prescription for brain development and good health.

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SNEWS® Live: In a fast-paced world where much of our attention is distracted between work and play, advances in medical research are showing that regular exercise benefits a healthy productive mind as well as a physically fit body. John Ratey, M.D., is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, as well as the author of several books on the brain and cognitive development.

The books he has authored include: “Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder From Childhood Through Adulthood,” “A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain,” and “Delivered from Distraction – Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder.”

In his new book, “Exercise and the Brain,” Ratey looks at how physical education can help children address the symptoms of attention deficit disorder and improve their performance in school. SNEWS® Live asked Ratey to explain.