For millions of students across the country, there is one voice that both incites fear and fires up the competitive spirit in P.E. class - the voice of the FitnessGram PACER Test. Now the legendary voice of the school fitness test has changed.
The Cooper Institute announced the launch of the FitnessGram PACER Test Remixes! powered by Hip Hop Public Health and a special documentary film.
The Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) Test has been used for decades as part of FitnessGram by The Cooper Institute, the leading evidence-based fitness assessment tool used in thousands of schools in all 50 states.
Started by the “Father of FitnessGram” and former Executive Director, Dr. Charles Sterling, the test measures aerobic capacity, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition to determine the overall physical health of students.
FitnessGram data and Research helps school administrators, healthcare advocates and policymakers make evidence-based decisions that improve the health of our nation’s youth.
“We are truly excited to merge the evidence-based FitnessGram PACER Test with the fresh beats and diverse voices of Hip Hop Public Health,” said Andjelka Pavlovic, Ph.D., Director of Youth Research and Education for The Cooper Institute. “This is an exciting transformation of the classic test that makes fitness fun for all.”
The six new tracks revitalize the decades-old fitness test with a fusion of hip-hop, pop, electronic dance music, and Latin-inspired beats, bringing a DJ dance party vibe to the gym. The iconic voice of the original test has been replaced by both male and female voices in English and Spanish to motivate and encourage participants throughout each of the 22-minute tracks.
New instrumental tracks were also added to keep students motivated during any type physical activity. The combination of diverse voices and high energy beats is designed to motivate a new generation of students to get active and stay healthy.
“The revitalization of the classic FitnessGram PACER Test is a landmark initiative,” says Lori Rose Benson, Executive Director and CEO of Hip Hop Public Health. “Physical education and physical activity are paramount to the mental and physical development of young people. These refreshing new motivational tracks will inspire students to form a lasting appreciation for physical fitness.”
Adding to the celebration, two students at Beacon School in New York produced a documentary titled “Line Up At the Start: The Search For the Voice of the FitnessGram” as part of a student film competition. The film features interviews with Roger Francisco, the original voice of the PACER Test, as well as Dr. Sterling, and Marilu Meredith, EdD, a FitnessGram Advisory Board member instrumental in creating and launching FitnessGram.
As part of the NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Project, an ongoing collaboration with The Cooper Institute, the Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council will be hosting a #pacerremixchallenge using the tracks on TikTok and other social media in the coming months. The Youth Council wants to challenge teens to get active for at least 60 minutes a day by trying the new PACER Test Remixes! at home. Several NFL teams will also be producing video content to promote the new tracks.
The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders were the first to participate by creating a new dance for the new music.
“As a student who has worked closely with both Fuel Up to Play 60 and The Cooper Institute, I could not be more excited about the amazing collaboration that is blossoming!” said Jimena Tinoco, Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council Leader and featured speaker at the 2019 Legacy Award Dinner. “Not only will this facilitate access to fantastic resources, but it will represent a great benefit to the health and wellness of youth and their families.”
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