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Now Introducing - Fitnessgram10!

The Cooper Institute, in partnership with NFL PLAY 60, has launched the newest version of Fitnessgram – Fitnessgram 10! The new platform provides kids, parents and physical educators access to the tools they need to assess and recognize healthy habits. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program has adopted Fitnessgram10 to promote lifelong physical activity among youths and adults alike.

New features of Fitnessgram 10 include (via

  • An updated PACER equation will be used to predict VO2max
  • The Fitnessgram standards and CDC values for BMI are now aligned
  • Fitnessgram knowledge tests for users of the hosted solution
  • New Activitygram® survey (via student app) for users of the hosted solution
  • Fitnessgram 10 offers a valuable technological improvement--a fully hosted solution that removes the need to purchase servers and involve IT staff in installing the program.

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Take a Hike to Stay Fit

Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. The weather is cooler and the air is drier, the landscape is changing to bright colors of red, orange, purple and's arguably the best time of the year. What better way to get out and enjoy it than to go hiking at a local trail! Enjoy the great views your city/town has to offer, and get healthy and fit doing it!

Regular physical activity such as hiking helps to reduce the risk of disease and helps to stimulate a healthy immune system. Hiking is also a great activity to enjoy with a friend, family or even your dog(s)! The act of hiking is a low-impact sport which means that everyone can enjoy it with minimal stress and strain to the body. It's also a great way to spend time bonding with those around you.

See below for a brief list of the benefits hiking has on the body:

  • Cardiovascular Disease Those who hike and participate in regular physical activity will reduce their chances for heart problems while those who do not exercise have double the risk of suffering from coronary heart disease.
  • Hypertension Physical activity, such as hiking, helps to reduce hypertension and lower blood pressure.
  • Diabetes Hiking and walking can help reduce the amount of insulin a Type 1 diabetic needs, while the activities can help reverse the disease completely for those with Type 2 diabetes.
  • Obesity On average, for every mile that you walk you'll burn 100 calories. Take a long, five mile hike through a beautiful trail and you'll burn 500 calories! The more you walk, the more you lose. People who take long walks and hike are able to maintain weight loss and continue to lose weight compared to those who only diet.
  • Anxiety The more adrenaline pumping through your body, the more stressed and anxious you can become. Physical activity, such as hiking, helps to release adrenaline and eases tension.
  • Osteoporosis Hiking and walking help to reverse the negative effects that osteoporosis has on the body by increasing bone density and slowing the rate of calcium loss.
  • Improved muscular fitness
  • Better quality of sleep : It turns out; exercising and sleeping well go hand-in-hand! Help your body achieve REM sleep by taking a long hike during the day or exercising before bed.

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