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Personal Fitness
                                             Merit Badge Workbook
                              This workbook can help you but you still need to read the merit badge pamphlet.
 The work space provided for each requirement should be used by the Scout to make notes for discussing the item with his counselor, not for
                              providing the full and complete answers. Each Scout must do each requirement.
        No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Boy Scout Requirements (Pub. 33216  SKU 34765).
                  The requirements were last issued or revised in 2012  This workbook was updated in May 2013.

Scout's Name:__________________________________________                      Unit: __________________________________________
Counselor's Name: ______________________________________                     Counselor's Phone No.: ___________________________

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             Please submit errors, omissions, comments or suggestions about this workbook to: Workbooks@USScouts.Org
        Comments or suggestions for changes to the requirements for the merit badge should be sent to: Merit.Badge@Scouting.Org

Note:    If meeting any of the requirements for this merit badge is against the Scout's religious convictions, the
         requirement does not have to be done if the Scout's parents and the proper religious advisors state in writing
         that to do so would be against religious convictions. The Scout's parents must also accept full responsibility
         for anything that might happen because of this exemption.
    1. Do the following.
          a.       Before completing requirements 2 through 9, have your health-care practitioner give you a thorough
                   examination using the Scout medical examination form.
                   Describe the examination.

                   Tell what questions the doctor asked about your health.

                   Tell what health or medical recommendations the doctor made and report what you have done in response to
                   the recommendations.

                      Workbook  Copyright 2013 - U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. - All Rights Reserved
                        Requirements  Copyright 2013 - Boy Scouts of America  used with permission.
Personal Fitness                                                                     Scout's Name: ________________________


                   Explain the following:
                       1. Why physical exams are important

                       2. Why preventive habits (such as exercising regularly) are important in maintaining good health, and
                          how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect our
                          personal fitness.
                            Why preventive habits are important:

                            Effect of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances:

                       3. Diseases that can be prevented and how

                       4. The 7 warning signs of cancer:

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Personal Fitness                                                                      Scout's Name: ________________________

                       5. The youth risk factors that affect cardiovascular fitness in adulthood

         b.        Have a dental examination. Get a statement saying that your teeth have been checked and cared for.
                   Tell how to care for your teeth.

    2. Explain to your merit badge counselor verbally or in writing what personal fitness means to you, including:
             a. Components of personal fitness

             b. Reasons for being fit in all components

             c. What it means to be mentally healthy

             d. What it means to be physically healthy and fit

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Personal Fitness                                                                      Scout's Name: ________________________

            e. What it means to be socially healthy.

                   Discuss your activity in the areas of healthy social fitness

             f. What you can do to prevent social, emotional, or mental problems?

    3. With your counselor answer and discuss the following questions:
            a. Are you free from all curable diseases?

                   Are you living in such a way that your risk of preventable diseases is minimized?

            b. Are you immunized and vaccinated according to the advice of your health-care provider?

            c. Do you understand the meaning of a nutritious diet and know why it is important for you?

                   Does your diet include foods from all food groups?

            d. Are your body weight and composition what you would like them to be and do you know how to modify it safely
               through exercise, diet, and behavior modification?

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Personal Fitness                                                                        Scout's Name: ________________________

             e. Do you carry out daily activities without noticeable effort?

                   Do you have extra energy for other activities?

             f. Are you free from habits relating to poor nutrition and the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other practices
                that could be harmful to your health?




                    Other practices:

             g. Do you participate in a regular exercise program or recreational activities?

             h. Do you sleep well at night and wake up feeling refreshed and energized for the new day?

             i.    Are you actively involved in the religious organization of your choice, and do you participate in its youth

             j. Do you spend quality time with your family and friends in social and recreational activities?

             k. Do you support family activities and efforts to maintain a good home life?

    4. Explain the following about physical fitness:
             a. The components of physical fitness

Personal Fitness - Merit Badge Workbook                                                                                 Page. 5 of 13
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