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Fitplay-Building Healthy Lifestyles for Kids Print CE Course-3rd Edition

Fitplay-Building Healthy Lifestyles for Kids Print CE Course-3rd Edition


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    Print Course

    Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:
    • Workbook
    • Continuing education exam
    Fitplay: Building Healthy Lifestyles for Kids, Third Edition CE Course brings excitement into your physical education ideas by providing kids with fun rather than routine exercise. Master the art of teaching without preaching and emphasize the fun in the fundamentals as you combine health education and fitness training with play activities. Each daily lesson contains a fresh game plan that you can immediately put into action for all kids ages 3 to 12. The course concludes with a continuing education exam for credit through participating organizations.

    Course Objectives
    • Identify the role of fitness in children’s health and wellness.
    • Outline major health concerns and risk factors associated with inactivity in children.
    • Discuss age-appropriate fitness and motor skill development.
    • Establish goals for health and fitness programming for children.
    • Discuss the use of props, themes, and music in a children’s fitness program.
    • Outline appropriate physical activities for health and fitness for children.
    • Discuss appropriate and effective exercise design for children ages 3 to 6 and 7 to 12.
    • Explain how to incorporate health education, family fitness activities, and at-home projects into programming.
    • Describe creative methods and activities for teaching children health and fitness.
    • Implement FitPlay lesson plans for children ages 3 to 6 and 7 to 12.
    Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:


    A continuing education course for physical education teachers, youth fitness leaders, personal trainers who work with youths, and coaches.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. The State of Children’s Fitness: A Health Crisis
    Risk Factors of Inactivity in Children (The Problem)
    Benefits of Physical Activity
    Aren't Children Naturally Active?
    Barriers 10 Physical Activity
    The Solution

    Chapter 2. Exercise Design for Children
    Principles of Class Design
    Lesson Planning
    Starting a Children's Fitness Program

    Chapter 3. Programming Resources
    Major Developmental Guidelines
    The Development Factor in Kid Fitness
    Using Movement Elements
    Developing a Movement Vocabulary
    40 Ways to Line Up
    Training Heart Rate Chart
    Parachute Activities
    Non-Competitive Games
    ACSM Youth Strength Training
    NSCA Prepubescent Strength Training
    NSCA Guidelines
    Strength Training Teaching Checklist
    Strength Training Exercises for Proper Performance
    Health History

    Chapter 4. Lesson Plans
    Preschool and Primary Lesson Plans
    FitPlay Music Ideas
    Intermediate: Grades Lesson Plans
    Intermediate Dance and Aerobics Lesson Plans
    FitPlay Music Ideas for Ages 7-12
    Specialty Theme Music

    Chapter 5. Education
    Family Fitness Activities
    Tips for Family Fitness
    Mr. and Ms. Bones
    Self-Esteem Activities
    Relaxation Activities
    Hydration: Beat the Heat- Drink Up!
    Dealing with Anger
    Nutrition: Balancing Calories
    Snack Contract and Nutrition Quiz
    Choose to Lose:
    Resource Center
    Appendix: National Guidelines for Children's Physical Activity
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Shelley Whitlatch, MS, holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education and a master of science in exercise science. She has extensive experience teaching physical education and fitness at the preschool, elementary school, middle school, and college levels as well as over 20 years of experience in development and instruction of adult fitness and wellness programs. Shelley is the cofounder of Desert Southwest Fitness instructor training programs and past chairperson of the ACE Continuing Education Committee; she is currently the director of FitCenter, a fitness facility serving special populations.


    "As a trainer and occupational therapist, I will be able to incorporate some of these plans into my treatment training sessions with my younger clients. I have a better knowledge of what will motivate kids and ideas for games and activities that will help my clients with gross motor weaknesses."

    K. Heffner—Muncy, Pennsylvania

    "As a parent of a toddler and an infant, group fitness instructor, and personal trainer, I will use the content of this course to further educate my clients about the importance of fitness for children and to encourage my clients to lead by example for their children. As a parent, I will use the course to implement activities for my own children to help improve their personal fitness, well-being, and self-confidence and self-awareness.”

    B. Klempke—Savage, Minnesota

    "This course completely exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful! There was so much practical advice about how to maintain control as well as great ideas for games and activities. Everything was backed up with studies and important information."

    M. Zignego—Hartford, Wisconsin

    "This course provides age-appropriate fitness development. I will incorporate this information into my school wellness classes.”

    J. Johnson-Kiser—Sevierville, Tennessee