General FitnessGram Information for Parents & Students

  • Fitnessgram Information for Parents:

    FitnessGram Philosophy:

    The FitnessGram physical fitness assessment is based not on athletic ability but on good health.  No matter what your children grow up to become, they will live happier, more productive lives if they are healthy, and physical fitness is vital to overall health.  Fitnessgram provides accurate and reliable information about your child’s level of physical fitness.

    The H.E.L.P. Acronym for Healthy Children:

    Health is much more important aspect of fitness than skill or performance.  FitnessGram assesses components that are less influenced by genetics or ability so all children can be successful.

    Everyone, regardless of age, gender, or ability, benefits from activity and fitness.  Children are not compared to each other, but to standards that are based on how much fitness is needed for health.

    Lifetime physical activity and fitness is the essential goal of FitnessGram.  Even if the child’s current fitness level meets the health standards, we encourage him/her to keep up the good work—for life.

    Personal information is given to each child and young adult regarding their fitness level sand the types of physical activities that will contribute to their health.  With reasonable amounts of physical activity, most children can attain the FitnessGram Healthy Fitness Zone.

    FitnessGram Results:

    FitnessGram results are meant to be individual and personal.  Pittsford schools do not post individual student results, nor will your child be compared to other children.  FitnessGram uses health-related criteria called Healthy Fitness Zones to determine students’ overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement when appropriate.

    There is no pass or fail to the FitnessGram report.  The needs improvement level is to indicate a dimension of fitness that may require special attention.  If your child’s FitnessGram report shows a “needs improvement” area their physical education teacher can be a valuable resource.  The FitnessGram report can also be a good discussion starter, and possibly a good family goal setting device regardless of whether you want to improve or maintain personal fitness levels.

    Research Base:

    There is no research evidence to suggest that daily physical education detracts from academic success, even when it results in less academic class time during the school day.  In fact, more and more research supports fitness (and physical activity) improving cognition and academic performance.

    Research also indicates that if adults value physical activity and encourage participation, young people will view physical activity as an important part of their daily lives.