Fitness Education for Children - A Team Approach



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Fitness Education for Children: A Team Approach emphasizes the importance of collaboration to combat obesity and promote active lifestyles. Learn how you can combine the efforts of physical educators, administrators, classroom teachers, school volunteers, parents, school lunch personnel, health service professionals, and others in the community to help children become more active and healthy. 

Learn about new suggestions and information on incorporating the team approach to help schools meet wellness policy objectives. The author spells out a school wellness approach with the physical educator as physical activity director and guides you in integrating school fitness breaks and activities in the classroom curriculum. In addition the author: 

  • offers new exercise, rhythmic, and pedometer activities as well as new fitness games;
  • provides current research and statistics on childhood obesity and approaches to intervention;
  • includes a completely new chapter on yoga (including activities) for school-aged children; and
  • presents information on the stages of behavioral change, helping teachers modify long-term health behaviors in children.

This new edition also includes updated Activitygram/Fitnessgram procedures and a discussion of SMART goals. You’ll find a new section on teaching children with autism spectrum disorder and the current USDA’s MyPlate. You’ll also receive the most recent physical activity guidelines for children from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and help in developing programs that support those guidelines. And you’ll find updated references throughout the book as well as new websites for further information.

Fitness Education for Children also offers strategies for cross-curricular activities and classroom collaborations as well as suggestions for using technology to enhance your communication with students and parents.

Written for veteran and new physical educators as well as students preparing to enter the profession, this text covers the gamut of issues that educators need to know to provide effective fitness education. Those issues include the principles of fitness, teaching children with disabilities, planning lessons, teaching fitness concepts, collaborating with other teachers, and getting parents and your community involved. You also receive updated developmental exercises and active games and activities, and you’ll learn how to hold exciting schoolwide events.

Fitness Education for Children offers a blueprint for battling obesity in school-aged children by promoting healthy lifestyles. This book will help you understand the educational philosophy, instructional strategies, assessments, and pedagogical models that will transform your curriculum into a springboard to a lifetime of healthy activity for the children you teach.


Part I: Developing a Foundation

Chapter 1: A New Perspective in Elementary Physical Education

  • Heart Disease Begins in Childhood
  • Physical Activity as a Key Factor
  • National Physical Activity Plan
  • NASPE Physical Activity Guidelines for Children
  • Physical Activity Philosophy
  • Components of Health-Related Physical Fitness
  • Sport-Related Physical Fitness
  • Fitness Education
  • Summary

Chapter 2: A Team Approach to Fitness Education

  • Mixed Messages
  • Multidisciplinary Team Approach
  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
  • Let’s Move and Let’s Move in School
  • School Wellness Plan
  • Health-Related Physical Fitness Testing
  • Youth Fitness Tests
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Summary

Chapter 3: Behavioral Change and Motivational Strategies

  • Rainbow to Youth Fitness and Active Lifestyles
  • What Motivates Children to Move?
  • Types of Motivation
  • Motivational Strategies
  • Summary

Chapter 4: Principles of Health-Related Physical Fitness

  • Core Principles of Health-Related Physical Fitness
  • Stages of a Physical Activity Session
  • Components of Health-Related Physical Fitness
  • Summary

Chapter 5: Fitness Education for Children with Disabilities

  • Individualized Education Plan
  • Guidelines for Inclusion
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Spinal Cord Impairments
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Summary

Part II: Planning and Teaching Fitness Education

Chapter 6:
 Teaching Strategies

  • Traditional Teaching Models
  • Humanistic Approach to Teaching Fitness
  • Spectrum of Teaching Styles
  • Instructional Technology
  • Class Structure
  • Summary

Chapter 7: Planning for Fitness

  • Sample Yearly Plan for Developmental Level III
  • Sample Lesson Plans
  • Fitness Education Lessons
  • Fitness Integration Lessons
  • Summary

Chapter 8: Teaching Health-Related Physical Fitness Concepts

  • Strategies for Teaching Fitness Concepts and Active Lifestyles
  • Scope and Sequence
  • Developmental Level I Fitness Concepts: Physical Activity Is Fun
  • Developmental Level II Fitness Concepts: The Best I Can Be
  • Developmental Level III Fitness Concepts: Let’s Get Heart Smart
  • Summary

Chapter 9: Collaborating with the Classroom Teacher

  • Interacting with the Classroom Teacher
  • Communication Strategies
  • Thematic Units: An Approach to Integrated Learning
  • Cardiovascular Health: A Thematic Unit
  • Health-Related Physical Fitness Classroom Activities
  • Developmental Level I Classroom Activities
  • Developmental Level II Classroom Activities
  • Developmental Level III Classroom Activities
  • Summary

Chapter 10: Getting Parents and Your Community Involved

  • Establishing a Plan of Action
  • Communication
  • Parent Education
  • Parent Participation During School Hours
  • Home-Based Activities
  • Community Involvement
  • Summary

Part III: Fitness Activities

Chapter 11:
 Developmental Exercises

  • Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • Muscle Fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Exercises to Avoid
  • Summary

Chapter 12: Active Games

  • Characteristics of Developmental Games
  • Promoting Physical Activity Through Active Games
  • Developmental Level I Games
  • Developmental Level II Games
  • Developmental Level III Games
  • Summary

Chapter 13: Dance and Rhythmic Activities

  • Safety Precautions
  • Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities
  • Developmental Level I Dance and Rhythmic Activities
  • Developmental Level II Dance and Rhythmic Activities
  • Developmental Level III Dance and Rhythmic Activities
  • Summary

Chapter 14: Yoga for Children

  • Helpful Hints
  • Breathing Poses
  • Standing Poses
  • Kneeling Poses
  • Sitting Poses
  • Lying Poses
  • Support Poses
  • Games
  • Summary

Chapter 15: Schoolwide Events

  • Fitness Field Day
  • Fit for Life Family Night
  • Geography Run
  • School Health Fair
  • Early Bird Wake-Up and Afternoon Perk-Up
  • Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and Step for Heart
  • ACES: All Children Exercising Simultaneously
  • Recess Workouts
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Principal Walks
  • Holiday Classics
  • Summary

Appendix A: Sample Personal Active Lifestyle Portfolio
Appendix B: Additional Websites
References and Resources