HFZ Standards Outline
Aerobic Capacity and Body Composition Healthy Fitness Zone Standards
FITNESSGRAM is unique (and widely accepted) because fitness assessments are evaluated using criterion referenced standards. An advantage of criterion referenced standards (over percentile norms) is that they are based on how fit children and youth need to be for good health. The previous criterion-referenced standards were based on the best available research at the time they were developed. They have been well supported in the scientific literature but some inconsistencies in aerobic capacity and body composition became apparent in several large district and state reports. Additionally, nationally representative data on fitness and clinical risk in children National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is now available.
The documents available to the right include the new standards tables, a summary of the changes for aerobic capacity and body composition, a powerpoint presentation describing the changes and an FAQ document with more specific information.