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Fitness Education for Children provides a multidisciplinary approach to teaching health-related fitness at the elementary school level. Much more than just a games and activities book, this comprehensive resource helps practitioners build successful programs that will meet the challenging health demands of the 21st century.

Written by the coauthor of the nationally known Heart Smart Program, Fitness Education for Children emphasizes the need to make developing healthy lifestyles a team effort. In order to reinforce the benefits of physical activity both in and out of the school setting, the book presents ideas that involve not only physical education teachers but also
-classroom teachers,

-school lunchroom personnel,

-health service professionals,

-parents, and

-community members.
Loaded with ready-to-use information, Fitness Education for Children is a practical, time-saving resource. It helps you plan and implement a fitness education program by providing
-a sample yearly plan and lesson plans;

-a sample thematic unit;

-17 learning activities for integrating specific fitness concepts into your classes;

-more than 100 developmental exercises, games, and dance and rhythmic activities; and

-11 school-wide events.
You'll also find many other special features such as reproducible instructional materials, sample letters and contracts, authentic assessment instruments, a fitness education portfolio, task card samples, motivational strategies, and guidelines for including children with disabilities.

Whether used as a blueprint for program development or as a resource to supplement and enrich an existing curriculum, this versatile guide gives you all the tools you need to promote healthy, active lifestyles to elementary school-aged children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873227230
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/23/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 5 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Virgilio is an associate professor of physical education at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York. He was an elementary physical educator for six years before earning his PhD from Florida State University in 1979. He is the coauthor of the Heart Smart Program, a comprehensive cardiovascular health education model for elementary schools, and the principal author of SuperKids-SuperFit, a physical activity curriculum designed for the Heart Smart Program.

Dr. Virgilio has published extensively throughout his career and has provided presentations for major conferences at the national, international, regional, and state levels. He is also a popular consultant and workshop presenter to school districts throughout the United States. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Long Island, and on the editorial board for Teaching Elementary Physical Education. He is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; and Phi Delta Kappa.

In his spare time, Steve coaches Little League and enjoys jogging, tennis, mountain biking, world economics, and family activities. He lives in East Williston, Long Island, New York, with his wife, Irene, and their two sons, Stephen and Joseph.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Foundations of Fitness Education
Chapter 1. A New Perspective in Elementary Physical Education
How Physical Activity Affects Health and Mortality - Healthy People 2000 - Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health - Components of Health-Related Physical Fitness - Sport-Related Physical Fitness - What Is Fitness Education? - Summary

Chapter 2. A Team Approach to Fitness Education
Mixed Messages - A Multidisciplinary Team Approach - Health Assessment - 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. Teaching Strategies
Traditional Models of Teaching - A Humanistic Approach to Teaching Fitness - The Spectrum of Teaching Styles - Class Structure - Summary

Chapter 5. 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 6. Fitness Education for Children With Physical Disabilities
Individualized Education Plan - Guidelines for Inclusion - Obesity - Asthma - Spinal Cord Impairments - Mental Retardation - Summary

Chapter 7. 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 II: Planning and Teaching Fitness Education
Chapter 8. Planning for Fitness
Sample Yearly Plan for Developmental Level III - Sample Lesson Plans - Fitness Education Lessons - Fitness Integration Lessons - Summary

Chapter 9. Teaching Health-Related Physical Fitness Concepts
Strategies for Teaching Fitness Concepts - Scope and Sequence - Developmental Level I Fitness Concepts: Fitness Is Fun - Developmental Level II Fitness Concepts: The Best I Can Be - Developmental Level III Fitness Concepts: Let's Get Heart Smart - Summary

Chapter 10. Collaborating With the Classroom Teacher
Collaborating 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

Part III: Fitness Activities
Chapter 11. Developmental Exercises
Cardiorespiratory Endurance - Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance - 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. School-Wide Events
Fitness Field Day - Fit for Life Family Night - Geography Run - School Health Fair - Early Bird Stretch 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 Fitness Education Portfolio
Appendix B: Additional Resources
About the Author

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