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Wednesday
Sep122012

New Presidential Youth Fitness Program Announced

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition today announced they are phasing out their Youth Fitness Test which dates back to 1966 and replacing it with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. The comprehensive school-based program employs the latest science and promotes health and physical activity for America’s youth. This voluntary program represents a significant change in how schools and parents approach kids’ physical fitness. 

Instead of recognizing athletic performance, the new program assesses students’ health-related fitness and helps them progress over time. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is available for free to all schools.

Physical activity is critical to our children’s health and well-being. There is a growing body of research that suggests a link between physical activity and improved attendance rates, higher self-esteem, and greater ability to learn. Modernizing the Youth Fitness Test was a recommendation of the President’s Council’s Science Board and included in the 2010 White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President, which has served as a blueprint for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

"We have a better understanding of what it means to be a healthy kid," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "One of the reasons I'm excited about the new program is because kids won't be measured on how fast they can run compared to their classmates, it'll be based on what they can do and what their own goal is. This is important because we want physical activity to be a lifelong habit."

Learn more about the program at presidentialyouthfitnessprogram.org.

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