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BTN LiveBIG: University of Illinois finds fit bodies equal fit brains

If movies like “Revenge of the Nerds” are to be believed, one of the things that has long separated the brainy from the brawny is the latter’s participation in sports and other regular physical activity. While there may be some truth to that stereotype, professors at the University of Illinois recently found that 9- and 10-year-olds who have good cardiorespiratory health — usually the product of regular exercise — tend to have “thinner” grey matter in their brains than their less-fit counterparts. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells and blood vessels in the cerebrum is associated with better