Physical Best Promotes Lifetime Fitness for Children

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Physical Best Promotes Lifetime Fitness for Children


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Physical Best is a comprehensive health-related fitness education program developed by physical educators for physical educators. The program is a practical health related youth fitness education program that is designed to meet NASPE's National Physical Education Standards. It is inclusive, comprehensive, age appropriate, and has a strong emphasis on lifetime participation in physical activity.

Physical Best is one of the premiere physical fitness programs for the K-12 school market. Physical Best is a comprehensive fitness education program that enables students in grades K-12 to develop and practice the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary for an active and healthy lifestyle. The program educates, challenges, and encourages all children to develop important physical and behavioral skills. It teaches educators how to maximize their students' activity time while teaching them about health-related fitness. The goal of the Physical Best program is to educate students about the benefits and help them develop the skills necessary to be physically active, so that they can take charge of their own fitness and health through regular, enjoyable physical activity. The focus of Physical Best is to educate all children, regardless of athletic talent, physical and mental ability, or disability.

The reach of Physical Best

In the past 20 years more than 35,000 physical education teachers have attended one or more of the 1000+ Physical Best workshops that have been held in 45 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. More than 1,800,000 students have been taught by physical education teachers who have attended a Physical Best workshop. Developed by top teachers for teachers Physical Best Instructors have credentials that include NASPE Teacher of the Year, National Board Certified Teacher, Disney Teacher of the Year, etc. With guidance and expertise from these highly qualified Physical Education Teachers and industry partners, The Cooper Institute and Human Kinetics, Physical Best has been able to produce fitness education and assessment materials that are easily incorporated into existing lesson plans and address the needs of all students regardless of athletic skill or ability. Physical Best activities are designed to be fun and teach important health and fitness concepts by having teachers provide personal guidance to students on how to improve their health and fitness levels. Beyond the classroom, Physical Best includes a home extension component that allows teachers to assign homework that builds upon classroom lessons and learning and involves parents and the community in the process.

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AHA approval

The Physical Best program has been reviewed by the American Heart Association and is consistent with their science and recommendations for physical activity. Additionally, the Physical Best program received a GOLD (highest possible) rating in a program evaluation study conducted by The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. …

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