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Fitness for Life is the required high school physical education course that teaches personal fitness (fitness education) for all adolescent students. It will help students become physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.


Fitness for Life curriculum is taken from the sixth edition of the evidence-based textbook (Fitness for Life) which guides students in becoming informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness, taking responsibility for setting individualized goals, and making their own plans for active living. To accomplish this overarching goal, they learn a variety of self-management skills, including self-assessment. 



Fitness for Life helps students:


  • Become physically literate individuals as defined by SHAPE America.
  • Meet the national, state, and local grade-level standards and outcomes developed by SHAPE America for physical education and fitness education.
  • Meet college and career readiness standards by learning and using critical thinking, decision making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Meet national physical activity guidelines of the USDHHS, exercise prescription guidelines of ACSM, and health goals of Healthy People 2020.
  • Use the HELP philosophy of promoting health for everyone with an emphasis on lifetime activity and healthy lifestyles designed to meet personal needs.
  • Use the Stairway to Lifetime Fitness concept, created by author Chuck Corbin, to encourage higher-order learning (move from dependence to independence).
  • Use the Physical Activity Pyramid, created by the authors, to help students understand the FITT formula and benefits of the major types of physical activities.
  • Become informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness and other healthy lifestyles (e.g., good nutrition and stress management).
  • Learn self-management skills that lead to adopting healthy lifestyles.
  • Perform self-assessments, including all tests in the Fitnessgram.
  • Take personal responsibility for setting individualized goals and personal program planning.
  • Develop a love for lifetime fitness activities.