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Published on November 24th, 2014 | by Catherine Vowell, MBA


Maximize Your FITNESSGRAM Reports

Numbers may bore you, but the fact is, data drives decisions and FITNESSGRAM10 offers concrete individual and group data that can make an impact if communicated and used appropriately. The mission statement, as well as the program philosophy, clearly outlines education with a focus on lifelong physical activity promotion as the primary goal of FITNESSGRAM.

The power is yours! Utilize this valuable data to see where your students or school could incorporate healthy changes. Below are just some of the available reports and their benefits:

Student Report:

  • Educate kids about their fitness level and provide suggestions for maintaining or improving.
  • Assist with S.M.A.R.T. goal setting and show progress from previous tests.

Presidential Youth Fitness Award Report:

  • To provide an overview of which tests students achieved the Healthy Fitness Zone in five out of six of the test components.
  • Motivate and recognize students with the Presidential Youth Fitness Award!

Summary Report:

  • View synopsis of student health-related fitness by class to recognize areas for improvement, monitor growth, and see which teachers/students did the fitness testing.
  • Analyze the data further in order to determine which groups of students will need additional or specialized instruction to specifically help them with their particular needs.

Test Overview Report:

  • Provides a graphic representation of HFZ % achievement by component, school, district, or grade level.
  • Impact lesson planning, plan fitness or education nights for parents, or communicate information to PTA or parent groups.

By identifying specific needs for physical education you can bring in others and develop school-wide health initiatives, such as: a before/after school physical activity program, structured recess, classroom physical activity breaks, grant funding, joint use agreements, and community partnerships.

What positive changes, big or small, have you made using FITNESSGRAM reports?

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About the Author

FITNESSGRAM Director, The Cooper InstituteĀ® Catherine directs and supervises the operations and management of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Program and the Cooper International Fitness Test. Catherine also works with the FITNESSGRAM Scientific Advisory Board, an esteemed group of experts specializing in tests and measurements, kinesiology, behavioral science, and other pediatric disciplines, to ensure a solid scientific foundation for all aspects of programming. Prior to coming to The Cooper Institute, Catherine worked for the El Paso Independent School District as the Coordinator of Health and Physical Education. During her tenure with EPISD, Catherine developed and implemented an array of health and wellness initiatives to improve the health of her school communities. Catherine holds several physical education and health certifications and has presented at numerous health and physical education conferences. She has an MBA in International Business and a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Catherine is a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America (SHAPE America), American School Health Association (ASHA), and ASCD.

5 Responses to Maximize Your FITNESSGRAM Reports

  1. Nicholas DAmbroso says:

    I wish there was a way for all tests a student took to show up on one page.

    • Teachers just like you have made this same request. To best meet your needs and the needs of students and parents nationwide, FITNESSGRAM10 will soon allow users to see student fitness, nutrition, and activity assessments all in one place. We are in the development process, so please stay tuned for exciting updates!

    • Keith Maley says:

      Good question

  2. Michael Horne says:

    Don’t know much about Fitnessgram10 except that I see it in the Ohio PE Evaluation Testing Manuel as a guideline for fitness testing. I wondered if there are any classes to prepare PE teachers to use this product in Ohio? I have an interest in it but I have never seen it or been trained on how to use it. Any training sessions provided in Ohio? I teach at Firelands Elementary in Oberlin, Ohio. I don’t want to travel to another State, either. Any ideas? How much does it cost?
    Michael P.Horne
    Firelands Elementary
    Oberlin, Ohio 44074

    • Hi, Michael Horne. Thank you for your interest in using FITNESSGRAM to help track student fitness levels at your schools. Please email us directly at so that we can provide you each with accurate information on the onsite and in-person training option. We also have wonderful online training options available that we can tell you more about.

      Additional free resources are available through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program website. Teaching tools and access to our basic online FITNESSGRAM course can be found at:

      Thank you again for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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