Fitnessgram Explanation Letter

March 2009

Dear Parents:
Health-related fitness has long been recognized byeducators as an important factor in leading a happy and healthy life.The medical profession has long since recognized the importance ofexercise and fitness, and its relationship to improving the quality of aperson’s well-being. This is evidenced through the continued emphasisby way of the media.

Included on the next page(s) are the results from ahealth-related fitness test recently administered to your child by thePhysical Education Department. These tests are designed to measurecomponents of physical fitness that are indicative of an overall healthstatus.
The components measured include:

  • Mile Run and 20 Meter Shuttle Run - A measure of cardiovascular endurance

  • Fitnessgram® Paced Curl-ups - A measure of abdominal strength and endurance

  • Sit and Reach - A measure of hamstring and lower back flexibility

  • Fitnessgram® Paced Push-ups - A measure of pectoral and back strength and endurance

  • Bicep Strength - A measure of bicep strength and endurance.

The implications of these tests aremany.  Meeting the healthy standards for the mile run, would implycardiovascular efficiency, along with a healthy heart and lungs. Strongabdominal muscles, adequate hamstring and lower back flexibility helpto prevent chronic back problems.  Upper body strength is necessary fora healthy person to perform daily tasks; while the measures of heightand weight assist in the reflection of overall body composition.

As physical educators, one of our goalsis to help all of our students become healthy and physically fit. Weurge you as parents to encourage your child to maintain or improvetheir level of fitness and track their progress through subsequentreports. 

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