School Business Affairs November 2020 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | NOVEMBER 2020 27 Because a high level of executive function is critical to the performance of school business officials, cognitive health is another consideration. A decline in cognitive performance as we age is widely accepted. With some exceptions, such decline can be slowed or even halted by the implementation of a regular, sustained exercise pro- gram (Kramer, Erickson, and Colcombe 2006). Summary The results of the study indicated that responding SBOs who were generally overweight and inactive chose a poor diet. Very few drank to excess or smoked cigarettes, and despite the excess body weight, inactivity, and poor diet, they had generally healthy to very healthy cardio- respiratory fitness scores. The executive function deficits were extremely low for this group, and indications were that the respondents’ school districts were financially healthy by a wide margin. 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