- The NFL PLAY 60 campaign has actively promoted physical activity and healthy eating in youth through programs such as the PLAY 60 Challenge and Fuel Up to PLAY 60. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of NFL PLAY 60 programming on longitudinal trajectories of youth aerobic capacity and BMI.
- Youth fitness testing in the U.S. has a rich history of over 50 years.1–4 Key developments and changes include the development of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER) Youth Fitness Test, the birth of the health-related fitness construct, and changes in evaluation and awards.1 The transitions from performance-related fitness to health-related fitness and from norm-referenced standards to criterion-referenced (CR) standards are noteworthy since they influenced how fitness is assessed and interpreted.
- Although aerobic fitness has been well studied, establishing developmental patterns from previous studies has some limitations including selection bias and the statistical modeling of growth-related data.
- Cardiovascular fitness has important implications for current and future health in children.
- The Cooper Institute established new criterion-referenced standards for the body composition and cardiovascular fitness standards for the FITNESSGRAM® program.
- Fitness testing is a common, if not characteristic, component of most physical education (PE) programs.1,2 The FITNESSGRAM® youth fitness program has been widely used in school-based physical education programming to facilitate the collection and processing of youth fitness and physical activity data.3 The FITNESSGRAM program provides teachers with a battery of validated field-based fitness and activity assessments to facilitate effective physical education programming.4 Appropriate uses of fitness and activity assessments include teaching self-monitoring skills, promoting educational outcomes, providing personalized information about levels of health-related fitness/activity, and assisting in evaluating school-level outcomes over time (for tracking or curricular assessment).
- To date, no study has objectively measured physical activity levels among U.S. adults according to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAGA).