Healthy Fitness Zones
FITNESSGRAM® is unique, and widely accepted, because the fitness assessments are evaluated using criterion-referenced standards. An advantage of criterion-referenced standards, over percentile norms, is they are based on levels of fitness for good health. The amount of fitness needed for good health differs between boys and girls and it also varies across age. The FITNESSGRAM Healthy Fitness Zone standards have been developed to take this into account.
Nationally recognized experts on the FITNESSGRAM Scientific Advisory Board evaluate research, assess best practices and adjust the Healthy Fitness Zone standards, calculations, and protocols to match the best science available. With more than 30 years of experience, this renowned board is dedicated to ensuring that FITNESSGRAM remains the best tool for using fitness assessments, reporting, data analysis, and communication to support fitness education.
The FITNESSGRAM program classifies fitness levels using discrete zones to allow for more personalized feedback. The two primary zones are the Healthy Fitness Zone and the Needs Improvement (NI) Zone; however, for aerobic capacity and body composition two distinct NI Zones (NI and NI-Health Risk) are used to make further distinctions in fitness. The use of three zones makes it possible to provide more effective prescriptive messages to youth since the zones are based on clear differences in potential health risks.
Let's Move Active Schools
Today, youth physical inactivity and childhood obesity have reached epidemic proportions in America. Research shows that an astounding 2 out of 3 kids aren’t moving enough. So, Let’s Move! Active Schools - part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative - is on a mission to reverse that trend.
As the national solution to ensure that 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools, Let’s Move! Active Schools equips schools with the resources and tools to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an Active School environment.
Why are Active Schools so important? Because Active Kids Do Better. Regular physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to: higher test scores; improved attendance; increased focus; better behavior in class; enhanced leadership skills; and a lifetime of healthy habits.
Let’s Move! Active Schools is powered by an innovative collaborative of health, education and private sector organizations that strives to bring these benefits to every child across the country.
# of Schools Enrolled = 16,135
# of Students Served = 9,784,070
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image — a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.
ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children. - See more at: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlate#sthash.PvY5aNnC.dpuf
NFL Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives.
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level —from preschool to university graduate programs.