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Fitness Education for Children-2nd Edition

Fitness Education for Children-2nd Edition

A Team Approach

$41.97 CAD $61.95 CAD


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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.

    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


    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.