Grant recipients have to ensure that students will participate in physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes a day through a developmentally appropriate physical education program that adheres to the best practices set by NASPE, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
Another grant requirement is that the school must ensure that students participate in the Fitness Gram, which is a physical fitness assessment administered twice a year. Schools must apply comprehensive strategies to achieve a 5 percent improvement in the healthy fitness zone percentiles for each of the six required test items from the pre-test to the post- test. The six areas a student is tested in include curl-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, shoulder stretches, trunk lift and the one-mile run.
The fitness program is overseen by the district’s School Health Advisory Committee comprised of the school nurse, athletic director, two physical education teachers, a health teacher, the food services director and a parent. The grant was written by Dr. Susan Warner, director of special programs.