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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


South Carolina correlations

Florida correlations
Virginia correlations
SHAPE America Fitness Education Framework Alignment

About the Authors

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

Training and Overview Videos

Flexible Options for Teaching High School Health and Fitness Education.

Online Secondary School Physical Education: Fitness for Life Opportunities

A Dozen Reasons for Including Conceptual Physical Education in a Quality Secondary Program

Empowering Students Using a Self-Management Skill Approach to Social Emotional Learning

Fitness for Life Instructor Training: Webinar 1

Fitness for Life Instructor Training: Webinar 2