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    Author Name: Charles Corbin

    Posted: June 26, 2019

    Course(s): EDUC 715C Fit for Life


    My name is Chuck Corbin, and I am pleased to discuss Fitness for Life, a text that I co-authored with Guy Le Masurier. I am happy to provide the following paragraphs with the hope that it will provide you with insight into the course and its content. 

    The Origins of Fitness for Life.  Chuck Corbin, Author.

    In the late 1970s, I was interested in writing a text for high school students.  My college text was successful, and I wanted high school students, including those who do not go on to college, to have the same type of experience as college students but at an appropriate level.  I proposed the text to many different publishers, but at the time none were interested.  Finally, I convinced a publisher to give it a try, and Fitness for Life was born in 1979.  The text published by Human Kinetics, now in its 6th edition, is designed to help students learn concepts, principles and self-management skills (e.g., self-assessment, goal setting, self-monitoring, self-planning) that will help them to make good decisions and plan a personal program for use throughout life.  Fitness for Life is based on the HELP philosophy, Health and Health-Related Fitness, for Everyone, for a Lifetime, with emphasis on the Personal needs of each student.            

    Fitness for Life is designed to help students meet all of SHAPE America’s physical education content standards as well as its fitness education framework benchmarks. It is an evidence-based and theory-based program and is the recipient of the Text and Academic Authors Association’s Texty Award Students who participate in Fitness for Life:

    • Become physically literate individuals as defined by SHAPE America.
    • Meet the national, state, and local grade-level standards and outcomes. 
    • Meet college and career readiness standards by learning and using critical thinking, decision making, and problem-solving skills.
    • Meet national physical activity guidelines of the USDHHS, exercise prescription guidelines of ACSM, and health goals of Healthy People 2020. 
    • Use the Stairway to Lifetime Fitness concept, created by author Chuck Corbin, to encourage higher-order learning (move from dependence to independence).
    • Use the Physical Activity Pyramid, created by the authors, to help students understand the FITT formula and benefits of the major types of physical activities. 
    • Become informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness and other healthy lifestyles (e.g., good nutrition and stress management).
    • Learn self-management skills that lead to adopting healthy lifestyles.
    • Perform self-assessments, including all tests in the Fitnessgram® battery and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. 
    • Take personal responsibility for setting individualized goals and personal program planning. 
    • Develop a love for lifetime fitness activities.

    In recent years, high school physical education programs have decreased (see SHAPE America, Shape of the Nation Report).  Fitness for Life programs, however, have increased over the same time periods and implementing FFL programs has saved many programs.  One of the primary reasons is the research showing the long-term effectiveness of the program.  Among the many are three separate published studies that have been conducted over the past 20 years, each showing that this type of program result in increased physical activity and reduced inactivity years after students finish the class. 

    Lifetime fitness is something we need to instill in our students and ourselves. I had a great experience with this course, and I continue to use this text as a resource with my students.
    commented by Roseann - June 26, 2019


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