Improving Physical Education and Student Fitness Through the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program
- De Witt Kelly, L. Ward Elementary School
- Physical Activity Participation
Prior to introduction to the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Laura Ward used programs like the youth fitness test as part of her physical education (PE) programming. In 2016, Laura Ward School applied for and received the Presidential Youth Fitness Program grant. After completing several STEM related units, students were refocused and accustomed to instruction that emphasized individual student nutrition and fitness goals. The areas of emphasis were a change from the 75th percentile achievement level of the old youth fitness test, which Laura Ward students had previously achieved. The noticeable change for Laura Ward students after the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program had began was that students suddenly seemed more willing to give their students appear to feel it was impossible to achieve the higher scores, or better times. Laura Ward students were taught that with the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program objective, health and fitness may improve. Student activity participation and assessment results were based on goals specific to them. With the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program approach, students have a reference point from their prior knowledge and experience, which allows them to set a personal goal, like beating their previous progressive aerobic cardiovascular endurance run scores. The personal goals present a challenge to the students, but they are attainable. Laura Ward School plans to continue implementing Fuel Up to Play 60 Program's many merits. Students have learned from the program because of the positive impact observed in students’ attitudes toward PE and fitness.