There is a strong relationship between academics and being physically fit. In a large-scale study looking at the relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement (i.e., performance on standardized academic tests) in California, it was found that higher achievement on standardized tests was associated with higher levels of physical fitness (CDE, 2003). Results indicated a consistent positive relationship between overall fitness and academic achievement (Grissom, 2005) (JOPERD, Volume 77 No. 6, August 2006). With the pressures of schools having to make Average Yearly Progress (AYP), programs such as Wee Can Fight ObesitySM only serve to enhance student learning, not to mention that 66% of all students that participate in physical activity have higher self-esteem than those that do not (Gruber and Gruber 1996). The Wee Can Fight ObesitySM, as a component of the physical fitness class setting, will not only serve to enhance physical fitness, but to enhance academics through cognitive stimuli and to enhance social development with improved self-esteem.
The Wee Can Fight ObesitySM, as a component of the physical fitness class setting, will not only serve to enhance physical fitness, but to enhance academics through cognitive stimuli and to enhance social development with improved self-esteem.
As it relates to the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment, it can serve as a tool to assist in preparing students for the APFA. The various components of the program such as WiiFit or JustDance (also known as Exergaming) contributes to increasing cardiovascular endurance as well as muscular strength therefore being considered moderate to vigorous physical activities.
In addition to this, the Wee Can Fight ObesitySMprogram aligns with the 2009 Alabama Course of Study as it covers the Conceptual Framework in providing infinite opportunities for skill development, cognitive development, social development, and physical activity and health. By doing so, it also covers the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Content Standards which are:
- Standards 1 & 2- Demonstrate competency and understanding
- Standard 3- Participates regularly
- Standard 4, 5, & 6- Helps to promote achievement and maintenance of physical fitness, responsible personal behavior, and value physical activity.
The Wee Can Fight ObesitySMprogram also meets Standard 6 of the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders in that the Physical Educator “Plans, implements, and evaluates the effective integration of current technologies and electronic tools, in teaching, management, research, and communication”. And finally, the Wee Can Fight ObesitySMprogram can be inclusive of all students, including those with physical or mental challenges, creating an inclusive classroom meeting the standards of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).