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Health-Related Fitness and Activity Programs for Physical Education

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Learn about Fitness and Activity Programs for Physical Education

Human Kinetics offers coordinated programs for a comprehensive health-related physical activity curriculum. These resources are designed to complement and support each other:


Fitness and activity assessment is one important component of a physical education curriculum, but it’s just the beginning. How do you provide meaningful physical activity and help students gain fitness knowledge that will not only improve their current levels of physical fitness, but teach them how to stay physically fit after they leave school and enter the adult world?

Fitness for Life, from fitness authorities Chuck Corbin, Ruth Lindsey, Guy Le Masurier, Dolly Lambdin, and Meg Grenier, is a complete K-12 program that guides students on the stairway to lifetime activity and fitness. The Fitness for Life program includes middle and high school textbooks that present information about health-related physical activity in a way that gets the message across to students. Through a combination of classroom lessons and related physical activity lessons, these texts provide students the fitness knowledge they need to become responsible for their own physical fitness and develop individualized plans that will help them stay physically fit and healthy for a lifetime. This includes goal-setting, overcoming barriers, self-responsibility, motivation, and more. The K-6 resources includes extensive plug-and-play DVDs and coordinated lesson and activity plans to involve physical educators, classroom teachers, recess leaders, and before- and after-school leaders.

Physical Best is a program of resources and training certifications for K-12 physical educators and students. It provides strategies for teaching health-related fitness and activity concepts through physical activities. The program was developed by the SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly, AAHPERD, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance). It provides the material teachers need for implementing health-related fitness education, including curriculum development, health-related fitness activities, and educational workshops for teachers.

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