FitnessGram is a comprehensive fitness-assessment battery for youth. It includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests designed to assess aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
It is extremely important that students understand why they are taking part in the FitnessGram assessment. This understanding entails teaching what the FitnessGram assessment measures and why it holds value.
Strength and endurance of the abdominal muscles are important in promoting good posture and correct pelvic alignment, the latter of which is particularly important to low-back health. In testing and training the muscles of this region, it is difficult to isolate specific abdominal muscles.
With the fifth edition of FitnessGram Administration Manual: The
Journey to MyHealthyZone, K-12 teachers can conduct, record,
interpret, and share results for numerous health-related fitness
assessments. They can create personalized reports for students and
document outcomes in the five components of health-related fitness.
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The best just got better.
FitnessGram is the gold standard for assessing the health-related fitness and activity levels of youths. The Cooper Institute has updated the FitnessGram Administration Manual with new material to ensure that FitnessGram is the most comprehensive and informative program that can drive meaningful behavior change and set up children for a healthy future.
The fifth edition of FitnessGram Administration Manual: The Journey to MyHealthyZone offers K-12 teachers two primary assessment resources that allow them to produce individualized reports for each student in their class. FitnessGram provides a complete battery of health-related fitness assessments that are scored using criterion-referenced Healthy Fitness Zone® standards. The standards are age and sex specific and are based on how fit children need to be for health.
New to this fifth edition:
Audio of cadences and videos and photos for test protocols, making it easier for you to administer tests
A chapter on communicating with stakeholders (students, parents, faculty and staff, administrators, and the community)
A chapter on data mining and using data to inform your instruction and help you make sound curricular decisions
A design that enhances your ease in using the material and administering the tests
You will learn how to administer the tests, interpret the results, and provide feedback to your students on their results. FitnessGram Administration Manual also offers a web resource that includes video clips that demonstrate the assessments; audio for the PACER, curl-up, and push-up tests; and reproducible forms.
Through FitnessGram, you can assess children’s fitness in these areas:
Several test options are provided for most of those areas; one test item is recommended.
As a FitnessGram user you also have access to everything the Presidential Youth Fitness Program has to offer. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program helps physical educators assess, track, and recognize youth fitness and physical activity. Through this program you are also provided with the following:
Instructional strategies for promoting student physical activity and fitness
Communication tools to help physical educators increase awareness about their work in the classroom
Options for recognizing fitness and physical activity achievements
This latest version of the FitnessGram Administration Manual: The Journey to MyHealthyZone is your guide to conducting the test protocols, recording the data, interpreting the results, and sharing those results in ways that will encourage students to be physically active and adopt healthy behaviors throughout their lives.
Manual Quick Guide
Part I Introduction to FitnessGram and ActivityGram
Chapter 1. Mission, Goals, and Philosophy of the FitnessGram Program
Chapter 2. Fitness Education and Assessment Guidelines
Assessment Options for Fitness Education
Effective and Appropriate Use of FitnessGram and ActivityGram Assessments in Physical Education
Recommended Approaches for Program Evaluation
The Fitness Education Process Step by Step
Physical Education Resources to Support Use of FitnessGram
Chapter 3. Promoting Physical Activity
Importance of Promoting Physical Activity in Physical Education
Physical Activity Guidelines
Concepts for School Physical Activity Promotion
The Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model
Applying the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model
Reinforcement (Recognition and Motivation)
Part II FitnessGram Assessment Model
Chapter 4. Communicating With Stakeholders
Strategies for Communicating the Fitness Education Process
Communicating With Students
Communicating With Parents
Communicating With Faculty and Staff
Communicating With Administrators
Communicating With the Community
Chapter 5. FitnessGram Test Administration
Importance of Reliable Scores
Considerations for Testing Primary Grades
Considerations for Testing Secondary Students
Considerations for Safety
Testing of Large Groups or Classes
Considerations for Testing Student With Disabilities
Software Exemptions for Students
Chapter 6. Aerobic Capacity
Overview of the FitnessGram Aerobic Capacity Standards
Interpreting Performance on Physical Fitness Assessments
Chapter 11. Understanding and Using FitnessGram Data
Using Formative and Summative Assessments with FitnessGram
Use of FitnessGram Data with Students
Use of FitnessGram Data with Teachers
Use of FitnessGram Data with Parents
Use of FitnessGram Data with Administration
Part III ActivityGram Assessment Module
Chapter 12. ActivityGram Administration
Description of ActivityGram
ActivityGram Lite (Youth Activity Profile)
Chapter 13. Interpreting and Using ActivityGram Results
Providing Feedback to Children on ActivityGram
Limitations of the ActivityGram Assessment
Interpreting ActivityGram Lite (Youth Activity Profile) Results
Using Data from Physical Activity Assessments
About Cooper Institute
Resource for K-12 physical educators and undergraduate physical
education teaching methods courses.
The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting lifelong health and
wellness worldwide through research and education. Founded by Kenneth H.
Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute translates the latest scientific
findings into proactive solutions that improve population health. Key
areas of focus are research, advocacy, adult education, and youth
programs. Through these initiatives, The Cooper Institute will continue
to help people lead better, longer lives now and well into the future.
For more information, visit CooperInstitute.org.
FitnessGram assesses youth health-related fitness and delivers
personalized reports to students and parents. Developed by The Cooper
Institute, FitnessGram was adopted by the Presidential Youth Fitness
Program in 2012 and is used in schools nationwide. It serves as a
student-centered assessment, reporting, and educational tool used in
promoting health, fitness, and activity in children.
Supplementary Instructional Materials
The book includes a web resource with video clips; audio for cadences in PACER, curl-up, and push-up tests; and reproducible forms.