About FitnessGram. It is no secret that students need daily physical activity to support healthy growth and cognitive development. It is vital that we continue to build an active school environment that supports daily physical activity, quality physical education, recess and sports parti.tion. In 1982, The Cooper Ins.ute .Abstract. Initially designed by Charles L. Sterling as a physical fitness "report card,". FITNESSGRAM is now the educationalessment and reporting software portion of the. Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Based on physiological/epidemiological, behavioral, and pedagogical research, FITNESSGRAM is committed .The Cooper Ins.ute is dedicated to scientific research in the field of preventive medicine and public health and communicating the results of research to the scientific and medical communities as well as to the general public..FitnessGram was developed by The Cooper Ins.ute to provide physical educators a tool to communicate fitness testing results to students and to parents. Theessment measures 3 components of health-related physical fitness that are important to overall health and function..