Movement afoot to help Galvans increase physical fitness

Doug Boock
Brian Holding (right) explains the Fitnessgram program to (from left) Mike Clucas and Ralpha Haga, both of the Galva Athletic Boosters, and others at the June 14.

The Galva community could see an uptick in physical fitness if a proposed effort by the Galva Rotary Club takes shape.

The club, seeking to perform public service, is looking into expanding Fitnessgram – a physical fitness evaluation system – in Galva schools and to interested adults.  

Fitnessgram is a testing system produced by Human Kinetics, a Champaign-based company of which former Galva resident Brian Holding is chief executive officer. Holding, the featured speaker at the Rotary Honors Banquet hosted for GHS students last month, briefly discussed Fitnessgram during his talk that night about his company, his career and other matters.  

Holding was invited back to Galva on June 14 to present information about Fitnessgram to the Rotary. Also present were some community members who might be interested in seeing the program implemented here.

Fitnessgram assesses people in four categories: aerobic capacity; muscle strength, endurance and flexibility; body composition; and amount of activity. Included are things such as having the person do push ups, sit-ups, sit-and-reach (for flexibility) and telling how much physical activity they do in a week.  

Fitnessgram itself isn’t an exercise program; it simply evaluates and then points people toward programs that can help them.

A task force is working on the project.