Fitness scores in Orange County decline slightly but remain higher than the state average

shutterstock_182394077The percentage of Orange County students who met their Healthy Fitness Zone performance targets in all six areas decreased slightly, according to the 2014-15 California Physical Fitness Test results released on Friday.

These scores are based on the state-mandated FitnessGram assessment, which includes a series of six separate tests to measure aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper body strength and flexibility. More than 110,000 Orange County fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders took the fitness test during the 2014-15 school year.

In Orange County, 32.8 percent of fifth-graders, 39.5 percent of seventh-graders and 46 percent of ninth-graders scored in the Healthy Fitness Zone in all six fitness tests in 2015. That’s a decreased average of 1.2 percent across all grade levels tested compared to 2014, but Orange County students still outperformed their peers across the state by an average of 7 percent.

The Healthy Fitness Zone represents levels of fitness that offer protection against chronic diseases resulting from a sedentary lifestyle. The 2014–15 physical fitness results for schools, school districts, counties and the state are available on the California Department of Education Physical Fitness Test Results web page.

More information is also available on the CDE Physical Fitness Test web page.