Get Yourself Moving!™

Thoughts on improving fitness, nutrition and learning for children and adults alike

Get Yourself Moving!™

Get Yourself Moving!™.

Fitness Testing is it really worth it? I’ve been teaching and assessing kids my entire career to determine their strengths and weakness. But is all this testing really help my students in the long run?

Fitness tests that use criterion-referenced standards, such as FITNESSGRAM, encourage children to focus on their own health rather than compare themselves to others, thereby enhancing their motivation and self-confidence (Koebel et al., 1992).

http://campbellms.typepad.com/justin_kier/2008/08/fitnessgram-vs.html

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2010-02-11-obesekidsdieearlier11_ST_N.htm

http://www.presidentschallenge.org/educators/program_details/physical_fitness_test.aspx

It is not the scores necessarily that are of importance, but rather the process a child goes through as they participate in fitness testing (Hopple, 1992). Physical educators’ primary focus should be children’s perceptions of and attitudes toward physical fitness to create a positive fitness testing experience (Keating, 2003).

I think Fitness Gram and Presidential Challenge have their unique benefit for schools to collect data about overall health and fitness of its students. But the real challenge is to get your kids moving more and not be so worried about what percentage my child is compared to other kids. Parents open your eyes get your kids outside for and exercising. Take back are schools and demand more PE classes for our children – once or twice a week isn’t cutting it!

Wed, June 11 2014 » Healthy Schools, Thinking (and Moving) Outside The Box

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