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Advancing Physical Literacy in the Middle School Using the Fitness for Life Model

Dr. Charles B. Corbin
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About this webinar


SHAPE America has defined the physically literate person as one who meet the competencies outlined in its national standards. This webinar provides information about how teachers can use the new Fitness for Life: Middle School program to complement other parts of a quality physical education in meeting the standards and building physical literacy among middle school students. The webinar describes key program features including:

  • 9 Chapters, each with two lessons (with new and updated content) designed to teach important fitness and physical activity concepts and principles. New student learning objectives are included for each lesson (vocabulary terms highlighted and defined).
  • Biomechanics Features that include new skill photo sequences and provide the basis for motor skill learning.
  • Moving Together Features that focus on building self-management skills that promote lifelong health-enhancing lifestyles and social responsibility.
  • Academic Connection Features that promote learning in math, science and language arts (new).
  • Fitness Technology Features that help students learn about and use technology.
  • Take It Home Features to promote learning at home.
  • Other all new special features such as Science in Action, Consumer Corner, Nutrition Matters and Actions and Interactions that all contribute to building physical literacy.


Other topics discussed include:

  • New Interactive Web Text with videos, activity challenges, interactive assessments.
  • New Lesson Plans and Online Teacher’s Guide.
  • Added value activity sheets for use in student portfolios and assessment.
  • New activity sheets for special populations
  • Evidence base for Fitness for Life programs.


Presenter Profile

Dr. Charles B. (“Chuck”) Corbin, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the school of nutrition and health promotion at Arizona State University. He has published more than 200 journal articles and has authored or coauthored more than 100 books, including Concepts of Physical Fitness, Concepts of Fitness and Wellness, and the Texty Award–winning titles Fitness for Life, Fitness for Life: Middle School, and Fitness for Life: Elementary School. Dr. Corbin is internationally recognized as an expert in physical activity, health, and wellness promotion and youth physical fitness. He has presented keynote addresses at more than 40 state conventions, made major addresses in more than 15 countries, and presented numerous named lectures. He is a past president and emeritus fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology; a fellow of ACSM, NAKHE, and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Professionals, and an honor fellow of SHAPE America. His awards include the Healthy American Fitness Leaders Award; the Distinguished Service Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN); the Luther Halsey Gulick Award, Honor Award, Physical Fitness Council Honor Award, Margie Hanson Award, and Scholar Award from SHAPE America; the Hetherington Award, the highest honor of the National Academy of Kinesiology; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from PCFSN. He received distinguished alumnus awards from the University of New Mexico and the University of Illinois. He was selected to the SHAPE America Hall of Fame. He served for more than 20 years as a member of the advisory board of FitnessGram and was the first chair of the science board of PCFSN.