FITNESSGRAM---Schools' Assessment Tool For Kids' Fitness

In an effort to combat childhood obesity rates, some states have implemented FITNESSGRAM which was created by Cooper Institute for kids in grades 3 through 12. In a 2005 study, it was estimated that 30% of children were overweight. This is an alarming figure that must be reversed.

FITNESSGRAM is a physical fitness assessment tool. It measures aerobic capacity, body composition (lean mass vs. fat mass), muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. The fitness tests are not for "pass" or "fail," but are to be used to assess the child's overall fitness level.

Also, suggestions to improve the child's fitness will be made. The goal of the program is for each child to achieve a "Healthy Fitness Zone" which is a research based standard of healthy fitness levels.

Gender and age of each child is also taken into account during the fitness assessment. Check to see what your state is doing about physical fitness in your childs' schools. I strongly recommend FITNESSGRAM as a part of the solution of the child obesity epidemic in this country.

Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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About Mark


Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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