The Five for Life Program is a research-based, K-12 fitness and health program that aligns with physical education and health standards. The Five for Life program focuses on the 5 health-related components of fitness. Using age appropriate academic instructional units in an activity based setting, the Five for Life Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Programs move students through a continuum of learning without compromising activity time for students. Additionally, each program includes measurement tools that allow students to assess their fitness levels and gauge improvements through the use of periodic self-evaluation, which include a baseline measurement, goal setting and a post measurement phase. The fitness tests that students will take each year starting in 1st grade will test in the following areas:
Cardiovascular Endurance - PACER Shuttle Run Muscular Endurance - Sit Ups Muscular Strength - Push Ups Flexibility - V-Sit and Reach Body Composition - Height and Weight Kindergarten students will not be officially tested in these areas but will be introduced to them in the second half of the school year and will actually practice the tests so they will at least be familiar with the tests when they start 1st grade.
5 Components of fitness:
- Cardiovascular Endurance - The ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen to the muscles during long periods of physical activity.
- Flexibility - The muscles' ability to move a joint through a full range of motion.
- Muscular Endurance - The ability of the muscles to repeat a movement many times or hold a position without stopping to rest.
- Muscular Strength - The ability of a muscle or muscles to push or pull with its total force.
- Body Composition - The relationship between fat-free mass and fat mass.