Personal Fitness Merit Badge






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Personal Fitness Merit Badge

Requirements were
REVISED
effective
January 1, 2020.

To see the changes which were made,
Click here.


For the previous requirements, Click here


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:
    1. Before completing requirements 2 through 9, have your health-care
      practitioner give you a physical examination, using the Scout medical
      examination form. 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
      3. Diseases that can be prevented and how
      4. The seven warning signs of cancer
      5. The youth risk factors that affect cardiovascular health
        in adulthood.
    2. 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:
    1. Reasons for being mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually
      fit
    2. What it means to be mentally healthy
    3. What it means to be physically healthy
    4. What it means to be socially healthy
  3. With your counselor, answer and discuss the following questions:
    1. Are you living in such a way that your risk of preventable diseases
      is minimized?
    2. Are you immunized and vaccinated according to the advice of
      your healthcare provider and the direction of your parent(s)/guardian(s)?
    3. 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?
    4. What are the advantages to getting a full night’s sleep?
    5. Define a nutritious, balanced diet and why it is important.
    6. Do you participate in a regular exercise program or recreational
      activities?
    7. What
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