Physical Fitness Award Program
“Physical Fitness Award Program,” Family Home Evening Resource Book, (1997),314
Physical fitness is important in the lives of all of us. But we sometimes neglect our physical health, only to realize how precious it is once it is gone. This activity is designed to encourage families and individuals of all ages to take part regularly in activities that promote health and physical fitness. Other benefits include increased personal discipline and positive self-image, weight control, release of unwanted stress, and family fun and communication.
Make copies of the physical fitness activities chart and the physical fitness progress chart printed here for each family member.
Physical Fitness Progress Chart
Check off the numbered boxes in sequence as you earn points. Each box represents one point.
Physical Fitness Activities Chart
To accumulate points toward your individual or family award, participate in any of the physical activities listed below, earning points as shown. Points may be earned in any or all activities. You receive one point for accomplishing the minimum standard listed in any of the eight areas. The awards are designed to provide minimum standards in various age groups. We encourage you to participate in your selected activities at least three times per week for at least fifteen minutes or more. (Activity should promote deep breathing, but not be so intense that a person cannot carry on a conversation.) Keep a record of your points earned by recording them on the progress chart.
* Ward physical activity specialists may approve a broad spectrum of activities in this category. Activities should be large-muscle type and last at least fifteen minutes.
Encourage each family member to participate in the physical fitness award program with the goal of earning a bronze, silver, or gold award certificate during a twelve-month period. You may also want to work together as a family for a family award certificate.
Post the progress charts for each person in a place where everyone will be continually reminded of their commitment to physical health through regular physical activity.
1. If you can arrange to, watch one or more of the excellent films available on physical fitness. What Makes Millie Run? is excellent for women. Run Dick, Run Jane is good for all ages. Coronary Counterattack shows how vigorous aerobic activities help prevent heart disease. Check your stake or regional film library for these films.
2. Add a 5,000- or 10,000-meter road race to the activities of your family reunion. Or enter a local or neighborhood road race as a family.