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Fitness Education for Children 2nd Edition eBook

Fitness Education for Children 2nd Edition eBook

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    In the latest edition of his book Fitness Education for Children: A Team Approach, Stephen Virgilio emphasizes the importance of collaboration to combat obesity and promote active lifestyles. Virgilio shows how you can combine the efforts of physical educators, administrators, classroom teachers, school volunteers, parents, school lunch personnel, health service professionals, and others in the community.

    Virgilio provides new suggestions and information on incorporating the team approach to help schools meet wellness policy objectives. He spells out a school wellness approach with the physical educator as physical activity director and guides you in integrating school fitness breaks and activities in the classroom curriculum. He also
    • offers new exercise, rhythmic, and pedometer activities as well as new fitness games;
    • provides current research and statistics on childhood obesity and approaches to intervention;
    • includes a completely new chapter on yoga (including activities) for school-aged children; and
    • presents information on the stages of behavioral change, helping teachers modify long-term health behaviors in children.

    This new edition also includes updated Activitygram/Fitnessgram procedures and a discussion of SMART goals. You’ll find a new section on teaching children with autism spectrum disorder and the current USDA’s MyPlate. You’ll also receive the most recent physical activity guidelines for children from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and help in developing programs that support those guidelines. And you’ll find updated references throughout the book as well as new websites for further information.

    Fitness Education for Children also offers strategies for cross-curricular activities and classroom collaborations as well as suggestions for using technology to enhance your communication with students and parents.

    Written for veteran and new physical educators as well as students preparing to enter the profession, this text covers the gamut of issues that educators need to know to provide effective fitness education. Those issues include the principles of fitness, teaching children with disabilities, planning lessons, teaching fitness concepts, collaborating with other teachers, and getting parents and your community involved. You also receive updated developmental exercises and active games and activities, and you’ll learn how to hold exciting schoolwide events.

    Fitness Education for Children offers a blueprint for battling obesity in school-aged children by promoting healthy lifestyles. This book will help you understand the educational philosophy, instructional strategies, assessments, and pedagogical models that will transform your curriculum into a springboard to a lifetime of healthy activity for the children you teach.


    Primary text for elementary physical education teachers. Supplemental resource for middle school and high school physical education teachers and classroom teachers. Also a resource for camp directors, childhood fitness specialists, and YMCA and Jewish Community Center directors. Text for elementary methods courses and in-service teachers.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Developing a Foundation
    Chapter 1: A New Perspective in Elementary Physical Education
    Heart Disease Begins in Childhood
    Physical Activity as a Key Factor
    National Physical Activity Plan
    NASPE Physical Activity Guidelines for Children
    Physical Activity Philosophy
    Components of Health-Related Physical Fitness
    Sport-Related Physical Fitness
    Fitness Education

    Chapter 2: A Team Approach to Fitness Education
    Mixed Messages
    Multidisciplinary Team Approach
    Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
    Let’s Move and Let’s Move in School
    School Wellness Plan
    Health-Related Physical Fitness Testing
    Youth Fitness Tests
    Authentic Assessment

    Chapter 3: Behavioral Change and Motivational Strategies
    Rainbow to Youth Fitness and Active Lifestyles
    What Motivates Children to Move?
    Types of Motivation
    Motivational Strategies

    Chapter 4: 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

    Chapter 5: Fitness Education for Children With Disabilities
    Individualized Education Plan
    Guidelines for Inclusion
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Spinal Cord Impairments
    Intellectual Disability

    Part II: Planning and Teaching Fitness Education
    Chapter 6: Teaching Strategies
    Traditional Teaching Models
    Humanistic Approach to Teaching Fitness
    Spectrum of Teaching Styles
    Instructional Technology
    Class Structure

    Chapter 7: Planning for Fitness
    Sample Yearly Plan for Developmental Level III
    Sample Lesson Plans
    Fitness Education Lessons
    Fitness Integration Lessons

    Chapter 8: Teaching Health-Related Physical Fitness Concepts
    Strategies for Teaching Fitness Concepts and Active Lifestyles
    Scope and Sequence
    Developmental Level I Fitness Concepts: Physical Activity Is Fun
    Developmental Level II Fitness Concepts: The Best I Can Be
    Developmental Level III Fitness Concepts: Let’s Get Heart Smart

    Chapter 9: Collaborating With the Classroom Teacher
    Interacting 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

    Chapter 10: Getting Parents and Your Community Involved
    Establishing a Plan of Action
    Parent Education
    Parent Participation During School Hours
    Home-Based Activities
    Community Involvement

    Part III: Fitness Activities
    Chapter 11: Developmental Exercises
    Cardiorespiratory Endurance
    Muscle Fitness
    Exercises to Avoid

    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

    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

    Chapter 14: Yoga for Children
    Helpful Hints
    Breathing Poses
    Standing Poses
    Kneeling Poses
    Sitting Poses
    Lying Poses
    Support Poses

    Chapter 15: Schoolwide Events
    Fitness Field Day
    Fit for Life Family Night
    Geography Run
    School Health Fair
    Early Bird Wake-Up 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

    Appendix A: Sample Personal Active Lifestyle Portfolio
    Appendix B: Additional Websites
    References and Resources

    About the Author

    Stephen J. Virgilio, PhD, is a professor of physical education at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He has researched and studied childhood obesity and fitness education for over 30 years. He taught elementary physical education for six years before earning his doctorate from Florida State University.

    Dr. Virgilio has authored four other books, including Active Start for Healthy Kids (Human Kinetics, 2006), which focuses on children ages 2 to 6. He has published over 75 manuscripts and conducted more than 150 presentations and workshops, including several keynote addresses. He is the coauthor of the nationally known Heart Smart Program, a school-based cardiovascular health intervention program.

    Dr.Virgilio has been quoted in over 100 major newspapers, magazines, and websites. He has served on the editorial board of Teaching Elementary Physical Education; Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and Strategies. He has also served on several national committees and projects with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). In 2006, he was elected to the NASPE board of directors. He has been a consultant to school districts throughout the United States as well as Dannon, Fisher-Price, Sport-Fun, and Skillastics. He has also served as senior writer to the PBS children's TV show Kid-Fitness.

    Since 1977 he has been a member of NASPE and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

    Dr. Virgilio resides in East Williston and Seneca Falls, New York. In his spare time he enjoys bass fishing, kayaking, boating, traveling, and studying world economics.