Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment (APFA)
As part of a comprehensive, quality physical education program, every student enrolled in physical education in grades 2-12 will participate in the new Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment (APFA). This assessment focuses on health-related fitness, which is linked to fitness components that may lower student health risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and lower back pain. The APFA is designed to comprehensively assess the health and physical fitness of all Alabama Students. This assessment, which is criterion-referenced, targets achieving and maintaining a healthy level of fitness in the areas of Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength/Endurance, Abdominal Strength/Endurance, and Flexibility. The assessment will better allow teachers to:
- Monitor and assist students in improving overall health and fitness;
- Identify student strengths and weaknesses regarding overall health and physical fitness, including development of individual improvements programs;
- Communicate with students and parents about student fitness status; and
- Generate data for tracking student health-related fitness at school, district, and state levels.
Source (The Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment (APFA) Administrator Manual- Page 1)
The Wee Can Fight Obesity program 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.
Alabama Course of Study
The Wee Can Fight ObesitySM program also 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.
Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders
The Wee Can Fight ObesitySM program helps Physical Educators meet 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”.
The Wee Can Fight ObesitySM program 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).