FITNESSGRAM is unique, and widely accepted, because the assessments are evaluated using criterion-referenced standards. An advantage 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 also varies across age. The FITNESSGRAM Healthy Fitness Zone standards have been developed to take this into account.
Students will participate in the PACER, curl-ups, push-ups, modified sit and reach (right & left), and body composition. Students will be shown a video, before attempting each test.
After each test, the scores will be entered into the FITNESSGRAM database. The program will then classify fitness levels using discrete zones to allow for more personalized feedback.
The two primary zones are the HEALTHY FITNESS ZONE (HFZ) 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.
All test results will be kept confidential and parents will be provided a copy of each child's FITNESSGRAM report in October and again at the end of the 2016-2017 school year when students take their post-test FITNESSGRAM