It is well know that establishing healthy routines now can help your child over his or her lifetime. That's exactly why the California Department of Education developed FITNESSGRAM to test 5th, 7th and 9th grade students. With school coming to a close, it's easy for students to spend their days laying around involved in sedentary activities. Why not make summer 2013 the year the whole family gets active?
For parents of incoming 5th graders at Farmdale Elementary, this will prove beneficial to your child. The state opens the physical test in February 2014. That's 8 months to get your child running everyday or doing aerobics or a sport. Keep in mind that just because your child plays a particular sport, that not all muscle groups are used or even levels of exertion are reached. So, it's really important to see what areas are your child's strengths and why they can use some help. Luckily, the Dept. of Education has listed their testing areas on their site.
The physical fitness test covers the items below:
The FITNESSGRAM® is composed of the following six fitness areas, with a number of test options provided for most areas:
You can figure out the minimum your child has to with this chart (PDF). You can also search on the President's Youth Fitness Program site to read more on how each test is administered. This will help your child develop the correct form for each activity.
If you worry about how to get your child active, there are many things that the whole family can do. We will discuss some of them throughout the summer. The easiest thing to do is just take a quick 20 minute walk around your neighborhood after dinner. With the warm summer months coming up, that can often be the best time get in a walk. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has more suggestions.
We will discuss fitness trackers next week, but just to get you started, my may want to check out the President's Active Lifestyle Award site. On there, you can create a group for your family, enter the relevant information, then track your fitness activities. There are guidelines listed for adult and children's activities. It is fun to compete against each other and note your advances over the months.
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