The Physical Best program is a comprehensive health-related fitness education program developed by physical educators for physical educators. Focused on instructing children regardless of athletic talent, physical and mental abilities, or disabilities, the program strives to move students from dependence to independence for their own fitness and health. Developed by SHAPE America, the Physical Best Gets FITT online course explains how strategies can be used to teach health-related fitness concepts in the physical education setting and adapt other activities to the Physical Best activity format.
With Physical Best Gets FITT, physical educators will study the four components of a quality physical education (QPE) program, summarize the five national standards that form the foundation of physical literacy, and learn how to distinguish between health- and skill-related fitness. The online course also summarizes the concepts underlying the five principles of training by identifying each of the FITT guidelines for physical activity and recognizing them in the context of activity recommendations.
Physical educators will also gain a greater understanding of the teaching guidelines for each component of health-related fitness and learn how to integrate these FITT guidelines and principles into lesson planning. Part of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Physical Best Gets FITT can be completed in 4 hours and provides the tools for creating a quality physical education program.
Presentation: Physical Best, Quality Physical Education, and the Presidential Youth
Learning Activity 1.1: Purpose of Physical Best
Learning Activity 1.2: QPE
Learning Activity 1.3: National Standards
Learning Activity 1.4: Key Terms
Learning Activity 1.5: Health- vs. Skill-Related Fitness
Learning Activity 1.6: Physical Best and PYFP
Unit 2: Foundations of Health-Related Fitness Program Planning
Presentation: Understanding FITT and the Five Principles of Training
Learning Activity 2.1: Principles of Training
Learning Activity 2.2: FITT Guidelines
Unit 3: Components of Health-Related Fitness
Presentation: Health-Related Fitness in Action
Learning Activity 3.1: Definitions
Learning Activity 3.2: Benefits
Learning Activity 3.3: Measurement
Unit 4: Practical Applications—Strategies for Physical Educators
Presentation: Getting FITT Into Lesson Planning
Learning Activity 4.1: Teaching Guidelines
Learning Activity 4.2: Create a FITT Activity
Learning Activity 4.3: Promoting and Tracking Physical Activity
Physical Best Gets FITT Online Course
SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly AAHPERD) — is the largest organization of physical educators in the country, with close to 20,000 members. SHAPE America created the first-ever K-12 physical education national standards; developed the Let’s Move in School public awareness campaign to increase physical activity before, during, and after school; and originated the Shape of the Nation Report, which reviews the status of physical education across the United States. Among its many partners, SHAPE America works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association, The Cooper Institute, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.