Pink Elementary School

Pink Elementary Teaches Healthy Habits with FitnessGram

Jan 12, 2016

Students at Pink Elementary stay healthy all school-year-long, thanks in part to its fitness and nutrition initiatives. Complete with FitnessGram fitness assessments, a chef-inspired salad bar, fun runs, activity breaks, and more, Pink Elementary has been recognized as Healthy Zone School and understands that student health is vital to academic success.

FitnessGram, the twice-yearly fitness test developed by The Cooper Institute, is used in schools nationwide, and all those in Frisco ISD, as part of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. It not only promotes fitness and physical activity, but also goal setting to encourage healthy, life-long habits. Each semester, students perform exercises that measure the five components of fitness necessary for good health: aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.

“I used to run 20 lengths of the gym and get tired, but now I’m up to 40 because I practice,” says Madeline Williams, a fifth grader at Pink. “Studying for this test means I get to run, which is fun. I practice by sprinting to the stop sign on my street. It makes me faster and helps my softball game too.”

Williams isn’t alone in her sentiments. Fellow classmate, Reid Tucker, says “It helps me set fitness goals so that I don’t get lazy and start eating junk food. It also has helped me run the bases better in baseball. Now, I can run fast and still breathe at the same time.”

Since using FitnessGram, students at Pink Elementary are more aware of their health and are getting their parents involved too. “When kids show their parents what they are learning in PE class, it brings physical activity into the home and helps parents support their child’s fitness goals,” said JT Mistr, Physical Educator at Pink Elementary.

Between FitnessGram and other school health initiatives, Pink Elementary passes with flying colors. When teachers, parents, and students embrace physical activity and fitness in and outside of the classroom, children are better equipped to learn and excel in life.

About FitnessGram

FitnessGram is a student fitness assessment, reporting, and educational tool used to promote children's health-related fitness and activity levels. It is the nation’s youth health-related fitness assessment adopted by the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and assesses students’ fitness levels using Healthy Fitness Zone® standards developed by the FitnessGram Scientific Advisory Board.
The FitnessGram software offers powerful data management and statistical reporting tools to support data-driven decision making in schools. It also measures student outcomes, which support curriculum goals and allow educators to effectively advocate for physical education programs. For additional information about other components of the software, please visit FitnessGram.net.

About The Cooper Institute

The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting life-long health and wellness worldwide through research and education. Founded by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute translates the latest scientific findings into proactive solutions that improve population health. Key areas of focus are research, adult education, and youth programs. Through these initiatives, The Cooper Institute helps people lead better, longer lives now and Well. Into the Future. To learn more, visit CooperInstitute.org.