FitnessGram is the most widely used youth physical fitness assessment, education and reporting tool in the world. Based on Healthy Fitness Zone® standards created by the FitnessGram Scientific Advisory Board, FitnessGram uses criterion-based standards that are carefully established for each age and gender that include a variety of health-related physical fitness tests designed to assess cardiovascular fitness (aerobic capacity), muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
People come in all shapes and sizes, but everyone can benefit from regular physical activity and healthy levels of physical fitness that contribute to an overall level of good health. FitnessGram uses scientifically determined standards that are based on how fit children should be for good health. Most children can achieve the health-related fitness standards if they perform sufficient amounts of physical activity on a regular basis. The standards are set specifically for boys and girls and take into account changes with age.
The FitnessGram assessment is based not on athletic ability, but levels of fitness needed for good overall health. No matter what your children grow up to become, they will live happier, more productive lives if they are healthy--and physical fitness is vital to overall health. FitnessGram provides valid and reliable information about your child's level of fitness. The FitnessGram test (and report) includes a number of different assessments since health-related fitness has multiple components. The report summarizes the child’s performance on each component of health-related fitness. Some children may score high on muscular strength but need to improve their aerobic capacity score. By having a complete report, you (and your child) will know more about their overall level fitness and how it can be improved.
Students can use FitnessGram in planning their personal fitness program, teachers can use it to determine students needs and help guide students in program planning, and parents can use it to help them understand their child’s needs and help the child plan a program of physical activity. The goal of FitnessGram is to make physical activity fun, approachable, and easy to understand, in order to help inspire a lifetime of health and wellness in every student.