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Fitness for life K-12 - Program Foundations

Central to Fitness for Life is the learning of self-management skills that help students adopt lifelong healthy lifestyles. Concepts and principles derived from educational and psychological theory support the importance of self-management skills in making health behavior changes such as becoming more active, eating well, and managing stress as outlined in Fitness for Life.

Read more about the four theories and three models on which Fitness for Life is based:
Theoretical Basis for Fitness for Life and K-12 Articulation


Evidence-Based Research

Fitness for Life is an award-winning fitness education text at the secondary school level (Texty Award of the Textbook Authors Association). As the first text of its kind, it set the standard for all texts that followed. Now in its sixth edition, Fitness for Life is based on sound educational standards (SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, 2014; SHAPE American Fitness Education Framework, 2012) and sound educational and psychological theory. Considerable scientific evidence supports Fitness for Life as part of a high-quality physical education program.

Read more about the theoretical and evidence base:
Evidence-Based Research


Journal Articles

Read more about research related to Fitness for Life in a variety of journals:
Journal Articles


State Correlations

Get information on state correlations for Fitness for Life:
South Carolina correlations
Florida correlations
Virginia correlations


About the Authors

Learn about the authors of the different Fitness for Life products:
About the Authors


Making the Case for Fitness for Life

Watch the following testimonials on Fitness for Life.

Interview with Diane Barnes on the ultimate goals of Fitness for Life



HealthWorks Fitness for Life Project: A Successful Whole School Approach