Fitness Foundations is a course designed to develop a foundation of knowledge and skills that teaches students how to develop and maintain fitness throughout their lives. Students will learn how to take responsibility for their personal fitness and will be provided with the tools they need to assess fitness and create goals, acquire skills to properly exercise and monitor themselves, develop sound nutrition habits, and design and implement a personal program of exercise. An emphasis is placed upon the significance of how an active, healthy lifestyle improves a person’s quality of life. The lessons present a way for teachers to provide students with concepts-based activities that are focused on student learning targets and develop literacy about fitness.
This curriculum is broken down into four units, with parts of the Personal Exercise Program woven throughout each unit. Each unit contains 8-10 lessons and concludes with a written test. There are accompanying fill-in-the-blank handouts for each unit which students keep in a portfolio to keep track of information given in lectures. PowerPoints are provided on the resource CD to guide the lectures as students fill in their handouts. There are in-class assignments within each unit used to reinforce concepts during activity as well as to assess student understanding. The content spirals down from beginning to end of this curriculum with every concept building one upon the other. What students learn in one unit is completely applicable to the next and culminates in their independence.