Fitness for Life: Elementary School is an innovative multimedia
package that facilitates total school involvement by using physical
education lessons, classroom activities and discussions, recess, before-
and afterschool activities, and even family nights to deliver
appropriate physical activity as well as concepts to promote
health-related fitness and active lifestyles.
The award-winning Fitness for Life middle and high school programs now have an elementary school companion program. Fitness for Life: Elementary School is an innovative multimedia program that facilitates total school involvement by using physical education lessons, classroom activities and discussions, recess, before- and afterschool activities, and even family nights to deliver appropriate physical activity, plus concepts to promote health-related fitness and active lifestyles.
Fitness for Life: Elementary School was developed by nationally and internationally recognized leaders Charles B. “Chuck” Corbin, Guy Le Masurier, Dolly Lambdin, and Meg Greiner. The program has been field tested and is based on the most current research and standards regarding health-related fitness, activity, wellness, and nutrition.
Why use Fitness for Life: Elementary School?
The Fitness for Life: Elementary School program enables you to do the following:
Teach essential health-related fitness, activity, nutrition, and wellness concepts
Meet local and state requirements for daily and weekly physical activity
Implement wellness in the curriculum
Implement easy-to-follow standards-based lessons
Enhance academic performance and help fight childhood obesity
Coordinate efforts with nonschool personnel, including before- and afterschool program leaders and parents
Meet recommendations and standards from CDC, USDA, and NASPE, among others
What comes with the program?
Fitness for Life: Elementary School includes everything you need to implement a coordinated nutrition, physical activity, and wellness program:
4 full weeks of theme-based lessons featuring videos, activities, and music
7 classroom guides featuring 140 lesson plans and activities for grades K-6
A physical education lesson plan book packed with activities and 32 lessons
More than 16 hours of video content, including 140 physical activity routines (28 core routines with special wellness messages for each school day) and 4 schoolwide team activities
A complete wellness coordinator’s guide that includes assessment tools and resources for schoolwide special events
A music CD to accompany the physical education lesson plans
Hundreds of full-color reproducibles, including signs, newsletters, and activity cards
Program-specific Web site www.fitnessforlife.org/elementary.
This wealth of information also allows you to be flexible in how you run the wellness program. There is enough material that you don’t have to use all the resources the first year; you can choose which materials to use and how often you would like to use them.
What materials are included in the Fitness for Life: Elementary School program package?
Each Classroom Guide contains a bound-in DVD-ROM with the plug-and-play activities for that grade, lesson plans, and reproducibles.
The Physical Education Lesson Plans book includes 2 DVD-ROMs with all the plug-and-play activities and instructional videos, a music CD to use during lessons, and a CD-ROM full of reproducible and lesson plans.
The Guide for Wellness Coordinators includes a DVD-ROM with the plans for the Wellness Weeks, reproducibles, and a program overview for teacher training.
The total Fitness for Life: Elementary School program package includes the following books:
Physical Education Lesson Plans
Guide for Wellness Coordinators
Classroom Guide: Kindergarten
Classroom Guide: First Grade
Classroom Guide: Second Grade
Classroom Guide: Third Grade
Classroom Guide: Fourth Grade
Classroom Guide: Fifth Grade
Classroom Guide: Sixth Grade
The nine books include the following bound-in discs:
1 CD-ROM of resources
1 CD of music
For more information about Fitness for Life: Elementary School and the separate components, visit www.FitnessforLife.org.
Charles B. “Chuck” Corbin, PhD, is currently
professor emeritus in the department of exercise and wellness at Arizona
State University. He has published more than 200 journal articles and is
the senior author, sole author, contributor to, or editor of more than
80 books, including the 5th edition of Fitness for Life (winner
of the TAA’s Texty Award), the 14th edition of Concepts of
Physical Fitness (winner of the TAA’s McGuffey Award), and the 7th
edition of Concepts of Fitness and Wellness. His books are the
most widely adopted high school and college texts in fitness and
wellness. Dr. Corbin is internationally recognized as an expert in
physical activity, health and wellness promotion, and youth physical
fitness. He has presented keynote addresses at more than 40 state AHPERD
conventions, made major addresses in more than 15 countries, and
presented numerous named lectures (Cureton, ACSM; Hanna, Sargent, and
Distinguished Scholar, NAKPEHE; Prince Phillip, British PEA; and Weiss
and Alliance Scholar, AAHPERD). He is past president and a fellow of
AAKPE, a fellow in the NASHPERDP, an ACSM fellow, and a lifetime member
of AAHPERD. Among his awards are the Healthy American Fitness Leaders
Award (President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports—PCPFS,
National Jaycees), AAHPERD Honor Award, Physical Fitness Council Honor
Award, the COPEC Hanson Award, and the Distinguished Service Award of
the PCPFS. Dr. Corbin was named the Alliance Scholar by AAHPERD and the
Distinguished Scholar of NAKPEHE. He is a member of the advisory board
of Fitnessgram and was the first chair of the science board of the PCPFS
and the NASPE Hall of Fame. In 2009 Dr. Corbin was chosen for the Gulick
Award, the highest award of AAHPERD.
Guy Le Masurier, PhD,is a professor of physical education at
Vancouver Island University, where he teaches courses in pedagogy,
research methods, and nutrition for health and sport. Dr. Le Masurier is
coauthor of the award-winning book Fitness for Life: Middle School
(winner of the TAA’s Texty Award) and has edited and contributed to
several books, including the 5th edition of Fitness for Life: High
School and the Physical Best Activity Guide. He has published
numerous articles related to youth physical activity and physical
education and served as a coauthor on the NASPE Physical Activity
Guidelines for Children. Dr. Le Masurier has delivered over 30
research and professional presentations at national and regional
meetings and currently serves as the Epidemiology section editor for Research
Quarterly for Exercise and Sport as well as the Health Foundations
section editor for the International Journal of Physical Education.
Dr. Le Masurier is the creator of the Walk Everyday Live Longer (WELL)
program, a pedometer-based physical activity program used by the Arizona
Department of Health Services. Dr. Le Masurier is a member of AAHPERD,
NASPE, and ACSM. He lives with his wife on Protection Island in British
Columbia, where they serve their community as volunteer firefighters.
Guy is thankful for his morning kayak commutes.
Dolly D. Lambdin, EdD, is a senior lecturer in the department of
kinesiology and health education at the University of Texas at Austin,
where she teaches undergraduate courses in children’s movement and
methods of teaching as well as graduate courses in analysis of teaching
and technology application in physical education.
Dr. Lambdin taught elementary physical education in public and private
schools for 16 years and taught preservice teachers for 33 years at the
university level. During much of that time, she taught simultaneously at
both levels, a situation that required her to spend part of each day
meeting the teaching and research demands of academia while tackling the
daily adventure of teaching 5- to 14-year-olds. In addition, she has
supervised over 100 student teachers, and as a result has been able to
visit classes and learn from scores of wonderful cooperating teachers in
Dr. Lambdin has served as the president of NASPE (2004-05) and on the
NASPE board of directors for two three-year terms. She has also served
on numerous local, state, and national committees, including the writing
teams for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in Physical
Education, the NASPE Beginning Teacher Standards, the Texas Beginning
Teacher Standards, and the NASPE Appropriate Practices Revision. Dr.
Lambdin has been honored as the Texas AHPERD Outstanding College and
University Physical Educator of the Year.
Meg Greiner, MEd, is a national board-certified elementary
physical education teacher at Independence Elementary School in
Independence, Oregon. She has been teaching elementary physical
education for 21 years and regularly receives student teachers and
practicum students into her setting. Meg has received numerous national
awards and accolades for her innovative physical education program and
the development of TEAM Time, including the 2005 NASPE National
Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, 2005 USA Today
All-USA Teacher Team, and the 2006 Disney Outstanding Specialist Teacher
of the Year. Meg is currently working with NASPE as a Head Start Body
Start trainer of trainers, serving on the AAHPERD Physical Best
Committee, and presenting NASPE Pipeline Workshops all over the United
States. She has served on the NASPE Council of Physical Education for
Children and on the public relations committee. She has served as the
physical education president for both Oregon and Northwest District
AHPERDs. She also has served Oregon AHPERD in many capacities and has
received the OAHPERD Honor Award.