Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Teacher's Voice II: The Use of Fitness Logs on Students' Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Teacher's Voice II: The Use of Fitness Logs on Students' Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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Anton McGready, Prospect Sierra Middle School, and Susan Wilkinson, San Jose State University

The 1996 Surgeon General's report emphasized that inactivity among youth is causing alarming increases in obesity, cholesterol, and risk of diabetes. Nearly one-half of early adolescents are not physically active three or more times per post for more than 20 min. Perkins (1996) showed that the percentage of overweight children has doubled. Nearly 80% of California's adolescents are unable to meet minimum fitness standards (California Physical Fitness Test, 1999). Adolescence is a time when life-long patterns of behavior are likely to develop (Millstein & Litt, 1990). The California Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools (1994) emphasizes fitness development and development of attitudes related to life-long patterns of healthy behaviors. Based on teachers' indepth study of fitness and the FITNESSGRAM during the BAY PE-HP's summer institute, the investigator asked, "What does using daily fitness logs have on student healthy lifestyle choices?" One hundred four seventh and eight grade student s participated in this study. As a part of a "fitness for life" curriculum, the investigator required students to use fitness logs that tracked lifestyle choices. The fitness log provided evidence of students' patterns of physical activity. Students recorded (a) monthly totals of time engaged in physical activity and stretching, (b) the types of activities, and (c) parts of the body exercised. …

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