What is FitnessGram?
The Cooper Institute developed the FitnessGram assessment to measure student physical fitness levels. FitnessGram assesses health-related components of fitness of more than 10 million students across the country in over 20,000 schools.
How It Started
Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper recognized the need to promote youth fitness and physical education as one of his primary goals of The Cooper Institute. In 1982, The Cooper Institute launched FitnessGram as the "first student fitness report card” to provide students with meaningful feedback about their fitness levels and support physical education in schools. FitnessGram assesses how physically fit a child is based on the scientifically established Healthy Fitness Zone® standards that indicate a lower risk of chronic diseases later in life. Schools and districts adopt FitnessGram to make data-driven decisions about physical education programs that support and develop youth fitness.
FitnessGram Assessment and Software Work Together to Improve Overall Student Health and Achievement
Students need daily physical activity to support healthy growth and cognitive development. We must continue to build an active school environment that supports daily physical activity, quality physical education, recess and sports participation. Over 35 years of research, evaluation, validation, and enhancement by the our Scientific Advisory Board have made FitnessGram the most trusted and widely used fitness assessment, education, and reporting tool in the world.
We can’t manage what we don’t measure. Data from FitnessGram drives decisions, allowing teachers, administrators, parents, and students make positive changes and build the healthy habits they need to be successful Well. Into the Future.
The data available from FitnessGram can:
- Track trends and changes in fitness levels over time
- Examine associations between fitness and academic achievement and attendance
- Enhance the effectiveness of physical education programs
- Help create healthy school environments focused on prevention
- Foster communication between parents, teachers and students
- Identify areas of need for program funding