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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks


This fitness course was designed to offer three modules of motivation to achieve a healthy lifestyle for teens. The modules Move Strong, Live Well, and Eat Healthy, guide students through strength and endurance training, choosing lifetime fitness activities, and connecting nutrition to lifetime fitness. The course is filled with language and images that reflect strength and diversity to motivate teens and allow them to envision themselves committing to fitness activities and a healthy mindset.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 1: Move Strong
n Module 1, students learn why lifetime fitness starts now. They assess their current fitness level, set fitness goals, learn how to use training principles to reach them, and design and perform their own workout. Students complete at least 420 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week and submit two activity journals per module.
A pace plan
Lifetime fitness
Fitness tracking
Training and conditioning
Goal setting
Cardio-respiratory fitness
Full-body strength and endurance moves

Module 2: Live Well
In Module 2, students learn about a variety of different activities, including individual, dual, and team sports, recreation, and adventure. They explore integrity and norms for sportsmanship, purchasing equipment and accessories, and the importance of maintaining proper form and healthy sleep habits. Students complete at least 420 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week and submit two activity journals per module.
Healthy sleep habits
Individual and dual sports
Recreation and adventure sports
Strategy and integrity
Proper form
Equipment and accessories purchases
Accommodations for culture and disabilities

Module 3: Eat Healthy
In Module 3, students learn about how nutrition affects overall health and athletic performance. They explore nutrition and labeling through multiple interactive activities that help them understand the meaning behind various nutrition claims (low fat, low sugar, etc.). They also apply their knowledge to their own dietary choices and variations and plan meals accordingly. Students complete at least 420 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week and submit two activity journals per module.
Nutrition and labeling
Vitamins and minerals
Meal planning
Dietary guidelines
GMOs and organic foods
Diet variations



Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.


Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.


Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Meets PE graduation requirement. Only Fitness Lifestyle Design Experience earns a badge.


  • Building a Healthy Body
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of building a healthy body by describing lifetime fitness foundations, explaining training principles, explaining cardio endurance and flexibility, and explaining muscular strength and endurance.
  • Lifelong Fitness
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of lifelong fitness by explaining responsible and respectful behaviors, summarizing lifelong fitness activities, summarizing movement strategies, and explaining movement mechanics.
  • Eating for Health
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of eating for health by summarizing healthy eating habits, explaining the nutritional value of food, and explaining the effects of nutrition on the body.


Personal Fitness (VLACS course) or other Physical Education course from another school.

Attend a virtual open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.