Being Fit Matters

Screen_shot_2011-03-23_at_3.15.40_PM Fitnessgram was developed in 1982 by The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. The objective was to increase parental awareness of children's fitness levels by developing an easy way for physical education teachers to report the results of physical fitness assessments.

Standards have been set to indicate levels of fitness necessary for good health and are established for each age and gender.  It does not include assessment items that are more related to skill and athletic performance.

Students are assessed in general areas of health-related fitness: aerobic fitness, flexibility, strength and endurance. Scores are evaluated against objective criterion standards that indicate a level of fitness necessary for health.
The standards were established by the FITNESSGRAM Scientific Advisory Board.

Technical information on the fitness assessments and standards is available in the Reference Guide.

The Healthy Fitness Zone Standards are also available.

Participants receive objective, personalized feedback and positive reinforcement which are vital to changing behavior and serve as a communications link between teachers and parents.

Additional Resources for parents:

BFM Parent Notification Letter

BMI Brochure from the Health Department

BMI  "checkbook" for calculating BMI

Parent Overview of Being Fit Matters

BMI Exexcutive Summary

BMI Measurement in Schools

Healthy Weight: Assessing Your Weight & Body Mass Index