Fitnessgram Explanation Letter

March 2009


Dear Parents:

Health-related fitness has long been recognized by educators as animportant factor in leading a happy and healthy life. The medicalprofession has long since recognized the importance of exercise andfitness, and its relationship to improving the quality of a person’swell-being. This is evidenced through the continued emphasis by way ofthe media.

Included on the next page(s) are the results from a health-relatedfitness test recently administered to your child by the PhysicalEducation Department. These tests are designed to measure components ofphysical fitness that are indicative of an overall health status.

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 are many.  Meeting the healthystandards for the mile run, would imply cardiovascular efficiency, alongwith a healthy heart and lungs. Strong abdominal muscles, adequatehamstring and lower back flexibility help to prevent chronic backproblems.  Upper body strength is necessary for a healthy person toperform daily tasks; while the measures of height and weight assist inthe reflection of overall body composition.

As physical educators, one of our goals is to help all of ourstudents become healthy and physically fit. We urge you as parents toencourage your child to maintain or improve their level of fitness andtrack their progress through subsequent reports.


Thank you,
The Brooklawn Health and Physical Education Department


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