15th Annual Youth Fitness Conference Sept. 29

September 23rd, 2003 by Adam

“Helping New Hampshire’s Children Become Their Physical Best,” a conference for health and physical education instructors and nurses, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, September 29 in the Hartman Union Building at Plymouth State University.

Presenters will focus on training school professionals to incorporate the “Physical Best/Fitnessgram” programs of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) into existing physical educationcurricula, according to HPER Professor Louise McCormack.

The conference was initiated and funded by the New Hampshire Healthy Schools Coalition as the beginning of several trainings and support sessions. As a result of this training participants will be certified as Physical Best specialists, contingent on submiission of a take home exam to the AAHPERD national office. The New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is a sponsor.

McCormack says the approach this year is unique. Instead of bringing in national or regional spokespersons in the area of HPER, participants attending will have been randomly selected to participate in a state-wide fitness assessment to evaluate fitness levels of K-12 public school children. Data, which will be submitted by spring of 2004, will provide information for curricular reform in individual schools and provide baseline information on the obesity levels of New Hampshire’s children and youth. Such data might allow a teacher to apply for federal grants, according to McCormack.

Areas of fitness training include cardiovascular efficiency, flexibility, upper strength and endurance and body mass index (BMI).

For information contact Professor Louise McCormack at (603)535-2518.