Promoting Positive Behavior With Fitness

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  • 0:04 Fitness and Health Promotion
  • 0:25 Health Promotion
  • 0:50 Honesty & Integrity
  • 1:36 Honor Code & Values
  • 4:41 Social Networking & Fitness
  • 5:52 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

In this lesson, we will read about ways to promote positive behavior with fitness. We will explore the related methodologies including health promotion, crime reduction, community involvement, and social media. We'll also look at important developmental aspects such as honesty and sportsmanship.

Fitness and Health Promotion

Who doesn't remember playing a fun game of kickball as a kid and feeling so good afterwards? Some adults still love the game as well! Exercise tends to do many positive things for the body, the brain, and the soul. However, it will always be important that we teach children values such as integrity and civility, which can be learned through sports and other fitness activities.

Health Promotion

Health promotion is a social science that helps prevent disease by promoting positive behaviors, and through actual behavioral changes. It promotes the improvement of individual, community, and even national health. Health promotion enhances quality of life and reduces premature death. Lastly, it focuses on prevention to reduce the staggering costs of health care incurred by individuals as well as employers.

Honesty & Integrity

Who could ever forget the indelible images of the legendary Jesse Owens entering the 1936 Olympic stadium in Berlin and walking away with all those gold medals? He was the pride of America and the world as he displayed such civility and honor. Today many athletes are arrested for crimes. Even NBA superstar Charles Barkley said he didn't want to be a role model. The University of Missouri offers twenty tips on civility including the Golden Rule: ''Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'' Another recommendation is: ''Without giving up your own convictions, accept that disagreements will exist.'' Other advice includes: ''Be a respectful listener,'' ''Tone of voice matters,'' and ''The world always looks better from behind a smile.''

Honor Code & Values

The great golfer Bobby Jones once called a penalty on himself and was praised by the crowd for doing so. He responded, ''You may as well applaud me for not robbing a bank.'' What Jones was saying in his own unique way is that golf teaches honesty and personal responsibility because the players hold themselves to an honor code.

There are also several values and benefits that are relevant to promoting good fitness. Let's go through them one at a time.

1. Responsibility

Many coaches believe that sports teach skills that last a lifetime and go far beyond arenas and fields. The reverend John Wooden, who coached UCLA basketball to several titles, once said, ''Sports do not build character; they reveal it.'' But, most experts believe that Wooden himself was responsible for molding many young men into better human beings. To play sports well, an athlete:

  • Must learn to work together with his or her teammates
  • Must take responsibility for his or her role
  • Must learn to listen and respect his elders
  • Must work to achieve short-term and long-term goals
  • Must learn to manage his or her time well

2. Crime Reduction

There have been many studies linking youth participation in sports, games, and activities to reducing the chance that they will get involved in crime, alcohol, and other unsavory activities. One study in Phoenix back in 1994 kept summer recreation centers and basketball courts open until 2:00 a.m. so youths would have a place to go. The juvenile crime rate dropped an amazing 52 percent.

3. Community

Athletes quickly learn that they're part of a community. The community supports them and, vice-versa, they can support the community. Team boosters may hold car washes and bake sales to raise money for uniforms and team trips. Parents of athletes interact with one another, bring refreshments to games and practices, and give children rides home.

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