Efforts to improve student health through the implementation of a statewide web-based FitnessGram system
The SC FitnessGram project is a statewide effort to evaluate and ultimately improve health-related fitness among public school students in South Carolina. The project involves the aggregation of health-related fitness data from public schools using a statewide FitnessGram software system. Physical education teachers administer six FitnessGram test items to students enrolled in physical education (PE) classes in grades 5, 8 and in the high school PE course required for graduation. Height and weight only is measured in grade 2. FitnessGram,a student physical fitness assessment tool developed by The Cooper Institute, is the most widely used fitness test protocol in U.S. schools with over 10 million children completing the test annually. This statewide system also provides a way to manage and report data at the local school level to assist parents, teachers, schools and districts in providing fitness information that can strengthen fitness education, testing, and improve student health and academic achievement.
The SC FitnessGram project is supported by the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the South Carolina Department of Education. The University of South Carolina serves as the data analysis center for the project. The findings from this project support planning and implementation of evidence-based programs and policies, across multiple sectors, to improve health-related fitness among school-age youth.
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