Fitness for Life

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Human Kinetics, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 327 pages
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Motivate students to
- become informed consumers in matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness;
- learn self-management skills that lead to adopting healthy lifestyles;
- learn lifelong fitness and physical activity concepts;
- take personal responsibility for program planning and setting individualized goals;
- recognize and overcome the barriers to reaching their activity and fitness goals;
- use technology to promote healthy living and to separate fact from fiction; and
- assess personal progress using a variety of tools, including FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM.

Fitness for Life, the original and best-selling middle and high school text for teaching lifelong health and fitness, just got better. Authors Charles B. Corbin and Ruth Lindsey raised the bar several notches for middle and high school fitness texts, retaining the strengths from their previous edition and adding numerous new features and enhancements.

So what's new?

For starters, Fitness for Life is fully updated with increased emphases on personal responsibilityfor program planning, individualized goal setting, recognizing and overcoming barriersto regular exercise, and using technologyto benefit physical fitness and health rather than detract from it. In addition, this text is supported by a comprehensive new set of support materials, including detailed lesson plans, ready-to-use assessments and teacher resources, worksheets for creating student workbooks, videos, music, graphics packages, a Spanish-translation e-book on CD, and more. We've even added complete Web support through a new site that provides expanded information for students and teachers, allowing more in-depth coverage of topics of the teacher's choice.

Here's an overview of all the new features of Fitness for Life:

New Book and Course Structure

-New pedagogically sound format including lesson objectives that are consistent with state and national health and fitness goals

-Chapter and unit structure consistent with school-year structure

New Text Features

-Web icons in text to direct students to a variety of quality Internet resources on the Fitness for Life Web site

-New anatomical art designed to teach students the benefits of specific exercises

-New content based on input from an experienced editorial board

-Physical activity features that are fun and educational

-“Taking Charge,” a feature that allows students to help one another learn self-management skills though active discussion

-Self-assessments for each chapter

-FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM assessments embedded in the self-assessment program

-Extensive chapter review materials

Increased Emphasis on Adapting Lifelong Healthy Behavior

-A greater focus on teens' taking personal responsibility for their own fitness and physical activity, and showing them how to do so

-New instruction on self-management skills that promote active and healthy behavior

-A recognition of the barriers to regular exercise and how to overcome those barriers

-Guidance on individualized goal setting

-Ways to use technology to implement the course and help students improve their levels of fitness

New Art and Design

-New unit openers, adding more color to an already bright and attractive book

-Extensive new art and photos that appeal to teen readers, including new anatomical art designed to teach students the benefits of specific exercises

Enhanced Teaching Aids

-Fitness for Life Web site features additional content—Web icons in textbook flag content that can be explored in greater depth on the Web site

-Highlighted lesson vocabulary with Spanish translations on the Web site

-Extensive ancillary materials to facilitate teaching and student learning

-Activity cards for exercise circuits and self-assessments

-Vocabulary cards to help teach key concepts and terms

We have expanded the ancillaries to meet all the instructional needs of teachers. These ancillaries include Fitness for Life Lesson Plans, Fitness for Life Teacher Resources(including chapter and unit tests and materials for student workbooks), a Fitness for Life Web site, Fitness for Life PowerPoint® Presentations, Fitness for Life Spanish E-Book, videos, music CD, and activity and vocabulary cards.

How Fitness for Life Benefits Teachers

Teachers can present this course knowing that it is consistent with national and state standards.

Fitness for Lifehelps students understand lifelong fitness concepts and learn the keys to adopting and maintaining healthy behavior throughout their lives.

The program is easily adaptable to any schedule and includes block plans of all types. The organization of the text and the comprehensive ancillaries make teaching this course as simple as possible, with a minimum of preparation time—even for those with no experience in teaching this type of course content.

How Fitness for Life Benefits Students

Fitness for Lifeis based on the HELP philosophy, which specifies the goal of promoting healthfor everyonewith an emphasis on lifetimeactivity designed to meet personalneeds.

Fitness for Lifehelps students learn the value and benefits of lifelong physical activity. Just as important, they learn that physical activity can and should be fun—and thus they are more likely to become and remain active throughout their lives.

Students learn how to create an activity and fitness plan, set individual goals, assess their status and progress, manage their time and responsibilities, and overcome barriers to regular physical activity.

Students learn to use technology to benefit their fitness rather than detract from it. Students experience the various components of health-related fitness, activity, and wellness through participation in the many labs and activities that are a crucial part of the Fitness for Life program.

Students have success and build confidence in their ability to lead an active lifestyle and take control of their own health, and Fitness for Lifeis a program that has been shown by research to be effective in promoting physically active behavior after students finish school.

Compatibility With FITNESSGRAM®/ACTIVITYGRAM® and Physical Best

Author Chuck Corbin has been a member of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Scientific Advisory Board since its inception. The FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM assessments embedded in the Fitness for Lifeself-assessment program—as well as the book's approach to teaching health-related fitness and physical activity—are consistent with the stated philosophy of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Scientific Advisory Board. Fitness for Lifeis also fully compatible with Physical Best resources; in fact, the Physical Best program offers teacher training for Fitness for Life course instructors. All three programs are based on the HELP philosophy, which promotes health for everyone with a focus on lifetime activity of a personal nature.

Dr. Corbin is recognized nationally and internationally as the leader in teaching health-related fitness and activity to middle and high school students. He wrote the first high school textbook on this subject, which has often been imitated but never equaled. Dr. Corbin has received numerous national awards in physical education and has authored, coauthored, or edited more than 70 books and videos. Fitness for Life(winner of the Texty Award of the Text and Academic Authors Association), Concepts of Physical Fitness(winner of the McGuffey Award), and Concepts of Fitness and Wellnessare the most widely adopted high school and college texts in the area of fitness and wellness. Two of Dr. Corbin's video programs have earned Telly Awards for Excellence for educational videos. He is first author of the national physical activity standards for children, published by COPEC and NASPE.

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About the author (2005)

Dr. Charles B. (“Chuck”) Corbin has been a professor at Arizona State University for more than 20 years. He is currently a member of the faculty in the department of exercise and wellness at Arizona State University-East. He is the senior or sole author of more than 70 books. Fitness for Life (winner of the Texty Award of the Text and Academic Authors Association), Concepts of Physical Fitness (winner of the McGuffey Award), and Concepts of Fitness and Wellness are the most widely adopted high school and college texts in the area of fitness and wellness.

Two of Dr. Corbin's video programs have earned Telly Awards for Excellence for educational videos. He was first author of the national physical activity standards for children, published by the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Dr. Corbin is acknowledged as the father of the conceptual physical education movement that he pioneered at both the secondary school and college levels. He is internationally recognized as an expert in physical activity, health and wellness promotion, and youth physical fitness. Dr. Corbin demonstrates his commitment to physical education by sharing his work at state alliance for health, recreation and dance (AHPERD) meetings. He has been the keynote speaker at more than 35 state AHPERD conventions and has made major addresses in Brazil, Ireland, England, Australia, and various European countries. He has presented numerous named lectures including the Cureton Lecture at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convention, the Hanna and Sargent Lectures at the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (NAPEHE) convention, the Prince Phillip Lecture at the British Physical Education Association convention, and the Weiss Lecture at an American Alliance for Health, Recreation and Dance convention.

Dr. Corbin has published more than 200 professional, research, and popular articles. He is a former president and fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Among the awards he has received are the Healthy American Fitness Leaders Award (President's Council, National Jaycees), AAHPERD Honor Award, Physical Fitness Council Honor Award, the COPEC Hanson Award, and the Distinguished Service Award of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He is a lifetime member of AAHPERD and a 30-year member and fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Corbin was named Alliance Scholar by AAHPERD, and Distinguished Scholar of NAPEHE. Dr. Corbin served as editor of several periodicals, including Quest and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport (PCPFS) Research Digest. He a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the PCPFS President's Challenge Program and is a charter member of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Advisory Board.

Ruth Lindsey, PhD, was a professor emeritus at California State University at Long Beach and a recognized leader in physical activity and fitness with special expertise in biomechanics, kinesiology, questionable exercises, nutrition, and physical activity for senior adults. She was the author of numerous research and professional publications. Dr. Lindsey authored or coauthored more than 20 books, including Fitness for Life, which received the Text and Academic Authors Association's Texty Award, and Concepts of Physical Fitness, which received their McGuffey Award for excellence over a long period.

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