Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 11: Study of Fitness Levels
On average, the U.S. population is getting older, more obese, and more sedentary. It has long been known that it becomes harder and harder for people to stay fit as they grow older. Endurance, strength, and flexibility all decrease as we age. Additionally, low fitness levels increase our risk of many diseases and eventually interfere with our ability to function and live independently. All of these changes are natural and, to some degree, unavoidable. There are many things we can do, however, to both slow and reduce the effects of this gradual physical decline. For example, maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI), not smoking, and being physically active can all lead to higher life-long fitness levels.