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Almost 1 in 5 Local Fifth Graders Below Healthy Fitness Level

Data from a report released today shows that 18 percent of fifth graders from the San Rafael Elementary and Dixie Elementary districts are not considered to be in the "healthy fitness zone."

Almost one in five elementary school students performed below the healthy fitness level for the 2011-12 school year, according to the California Department of Education.

Data from a report released today shows that 18 percent of fifth graders from the San Rafael Elementary and Dixie Elementary districts are not considered to be in the "healthy fitness zone" that measured aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal and upper body strength and flexibility.

The "healthy fitness zone" is a standard that represents a level of fitness that staves off diseases that result from sedentary living.

Approximately 22 percent of San Rafael Elementary students performed below  that standard, higher that the county's average of 16 percent. Dixie students performed higher that the county, with approximately 14 percent below the standard. 

See the data below.

Dixie Elementary School District

Physical Fitness Area Total Students Tested % of Students in HFZ % of Students Need Improvement % Of Students at High Risk Aerobic Capacity 178 79.2 15.2 5.6 Body Composition 178 71.9 13.5 14.6 Abdominal Strength 178 87.6 12.4 N/A Trunk Extensor Strength 178 90.4 9.6 N/A Upper Body Strength 178 91.6 8.4 N/A Flexibility 178 72.5 27.5 N/A

San Rafael Elementary School District

Physical Fitness Area Total Students Tested % of Students in HFZ % of Students Need Improvement % Of Students at High Risk Aerobic Capacity 414 59.9 33.1 7.0 Body Composition 414 54.3 12.6 33.1 Abdominal Strength 414 82.6 17.4 N/A Trunk Extensor Strength 414 88.6 11.4 N/A Upper Body Strength 414 70.0 30.0 N/A Flexibility 414 72.7 27.3 N/A

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