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Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP)

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The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is a free program developed to ensure what happens before, during, and after the fitness assessment is beneficial for students and teachers and leads to youth who are active for life.

PYFP provides a model for fitness education within a comprehensive, quality physical education program. The program provides resources and tools for physical educators to enhance their fitness education process. This includes:

  • FITNESSGRAM® health-related fitness assessment
  • Instructional strategies to promote student physical activity and fitness
  • Communication tools to help physical educators increase awareness about their work in the classroom
  • Options to recognize fitness and physical activity achievements

The PYFP has replaced the President’s Challenge Youth Fitness Test to emphasize the role of schools in promoting the health and well being of ALL students.

The President’s Challenge provides the Presidential Youth Fitness Program award and recognition items, including apparel and instructional aides for you, the physical educator. Options include certificates for students in grades K-3 who have "joined" the PYFP Fitness Club and Presidential Youth Fitness Awards for students in grades 4-12.

PYFP Fitness Club for Students in Grades K-3

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The new PYFP Fitness Club provides you with materials to help students in grades K-3 learn about the FITNESSGRAM® test items and earn recognition for their accomplishments all while having fun.

A teacher instruction sheet identifies the testing cues a student must follow in order to check-off each health-related fitness test you select. FITNESSGRAM® tests include the:

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  • Powerful PACER
  • Balanced Body Composition
  • Terrific Trunk Lift
  • Perfect Push-Up
  • Stretchy Sit and Reach

A colorful classroom poster with test descriptions allows students to track their own progress. Once students have checked all boxes (it may take multiple attempts or a few years for them to get there), a certificate can be awarded to recognize their accomplishment!

Presidential Youth Fitness Award for Students in Grades 4-12

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Most students who are physically active every day will be able to achieve a score that puts them in the Healthy Fitness Zone®. For students in grades 4-12, this not only helps promote health, it also helps them earn a Presidential Youth Fitness Award. A student who scores in the Healthy Fitness Zone® (HFZ) in at least five test categories of the FITNESSGRAM® assessment is eligible to receive the Presidential Youth Fitness Award.

The free FITNESSGRAM® scoresheet can help you track students’ progress towards earning the award or the PYFA Report in the FITNESSGRAM® can do that work for you.



PALA+ can be used as an alternative to the Presidential Youth Fitness Award. With PALA+, you can recognize student achievement of physical activity and nutrition goals while they are learning about their health-related fitness through FITNESSGRAM®.

The daily activity and nutrition goals encourage the development of healthy habits. Students are recognized every step of the way as they achieve their personal best for lifelong health and fitness. Find out more information

Learn more about the Presidential Youth Fitness Program at
For information about awards, visit our shop.
The President’s Challenge
1185 W. 2nd Street
Bloomington, IN 47403-2160


Apply for Program Support in Jan 2015!

The Presidential Youth Fitness Program funding opportunity

Schools can apply for the third round of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program funding opportunity from January 1-Feb. 9, 2015

Learn more, and see if your school is eligible for funding »