31 Percent of California Students Post Healthy Fitness Scores

The California Department of Education released its latest fitness test results for the 2011-2012 school year. Find out how Lake Elsinore students did.

The 2012 Physical Fitness Test was administered to approximately 1.3 million fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in California with about 31 percent of students posting healthy scores in all six of the tested areas, it was announced recently.

“When we can call fewer than one out of three of our kids physically fit, we know we have a tremendous public health challenge on our hands,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. “It affects more than their health—study after study has demonstrated the very clear link between physical fitness and academic achievement.

However, Torlakson said he was pleased to observe that students generally became more fit as they grew older, scoring better in Grades 7 and 9 than they did as fifth graders.

In the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, 1,504 fifth-graders, 1,506 seventh-graders and 1,422 ninth-graders were given the tests. The scores for the students can be viewed here.

The FITNESSGRAM test is designed to evaluate fitness performance has six individual tests including aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper body strength, and flexibility.

The California State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM in 1996 as the required Physical Fitness Test that local educational agencies administer to students annually in grades five, seven, and nine. State law requires all public schools in California to report these results in their School Accountability Report Cards and provide students with their individual results.

To test Aerobic Capacity, students are measured on a one-mile run. Body Composition is quantified by skinfold measurements. Abdominal Strenth and Endurance is measured by curl-ups, and Truck Extensor Strength and Flexibility is measured by a trunk lift (in inches.) Upper Body Strength and Endurance is measured by 90 degree push-ups, a modified pull-up and flexed arm hang. Lastly, Flexibility of measured by a sit-and-reach and a shoulder stretch (Touching fingertips together behind the back on both the right and left sides.)

Torlakson’s Team California for Healthy Kids initiative engages celebrity athletes, community leaders, public health advocates, parents, teachers, and students to partner together to help students make healthy choices.

DB November 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Now that is a picture of fine parenting above with the 200+ lb 13 year old......The fattening of America is only out-paced by the urbanization of america..........
Anon November 19, 2012 at 06:32 PM
This would significantly decrease if they did not let people buy junk food with EBT. Oh but then Hostess would go bankrupt, oops, it already has!!
DB November 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The sad part, the parents are most likely blaming the schools, TV and everything else for their kids obesity instead of taking away their fast food, chips, video games and computers and kicking their butts out in street/parks to go play and excecise.......
Constant Comment November 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Yes & thank goodness that the parks will now be OPEN! YAY! }~)
The Teller of Truth November 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever, to 47 million people. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves. Go figure!
The Teller of Truth November 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM
@LER, Last wed Marfa wrote this to you in case you missed it; Martha L. Bridges 8:03 am on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 "Really LER I am sick and tired of you reposting this comment on just about any and every new article or blog. Enough, already! The people who are interested and concerned have read the post previously, and you are simply 'turning people off' by repeating it endlessly. Please stop this spam!"
Constant Comment November 20, 2012 at 01:49 AM
HA! }~)
Constant Comment November 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
HAhahaha! You're annoying.....}~)
tom November 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
2 generations ago if you wanted to see a fat person you had to go to a carnival side show.
Anon November 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM
LER what does this have to do with the article? GEEZ
Anon November 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Popeye I see you have changed your profile once again, most likely got kicked off and had to re-create it.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 20, 2012 at 04:13 PM
That is so melodramatic. Body fat has been around for forever. In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries it was a status symbol - only the wealthy and healthy were plump. Fat is only a big deal because the media is choosing to make it a big deal.
Anon November 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
@ Blues, fat kids are costing the tax payers a fortune. Diabetic kids need special care and LEUSD has about 14 or so full time R.N.s on duty at our schools to deal with that and other issues. This is a tiny district, can you imagine the costs statewide? These kids need to eat right and exercise. Thank God my kids were always athletic and never had any weight problems. I didnt feed them junk either. Makes a big difference.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
American - I agree it's definitely a negative health issue. No question there. I also believe that it contributes to negative health issues which in turn costs a person more - agreed. The issue I touched on was specifically his over dramatic comment. Fat has always been around. I wasn't siding with fat people ... lol I also agree that with today's over sugared, over caffeinated, over sized meals there has been a big increase in obesity. Again, I was just stating to Tom that fat people have always been around (not just in carnivals). That's all. =)
Anon November 20, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Agreed! :)


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