Tuesday, December 2, 2008

CV High Is In Very Good Shape

“Wearing a Falcon basketball T-shirt, California Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell on Tuesday joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Fitness Council Chair Jake Steinfeld at Crescenta Valley High School to announce the results for the 2007-2008 state physical fitness test. The school was chosen for the announcement because the students earned a 70% success rate in the test. The state mandated fitness test is given to fifth, seventh and ninth graders during the spring. It measures six areas of physical fitness, including cardiovascular endurance, body fat, abdominal strength and endurance, trunk strength and flexibility, upper body strength and endurance and overall flexibility. Over two out of three students met, or passed, the proficient level in all six areas of the test. O’Connell said CVHS dispels the ‘myth’ that to be strong in academics, physical fitness programs must suffer. ‘Academic achievement and physical fitness are not exclusive,’ he said. ‘[The] CVHS Academic Performance Index [state standards test] score for last year was 807. They ranked in the top 5% of all high schools in the state of California.’ He added that parent support was important for both fitness and academic success. ‘Parents need to get involved,’ he said. To that end, he announced the continuation of the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness Challenge but with a new twist: parents can now join their children in the fitness quest. ‘Students have been asked to be active 30 to 60 minutes a day at least three days a week for a month,’ Steinfeld said. The challenge began a few years ago with about 10,000 students signing up and has grown to 158,000 kids last year. This year, to date, 160,000 have signed up. The challenge can be monitored by teachers and administrators in a way of their choosing, from organized workout meetings to more informal programs. To help with the challenge, 24-Hour Fitness facilities have offered free 30-day memberships to high school students. That offer has now been extended to parents and teachers. If the participants complete the 30-60 minutes challenge in the month they then get a 90-day pass to 24-Hours Fitness. Another new aspect is a competition. Schools that have the most students that meet the challenge will be awarded prizes. ‘We will be giving $100,000 to an elementary, middle and high school to be used for physical fitness,’ Steinfeld said. He went on to say that other prizes include $5,000 gift certificates to be used for fitness programs or equipment. The main goal of the state’s fitness test and governor’s challenge is to get kids and families active.’”


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