The Presidential Youth Fitness Program focuses on making kids healthy and active for life.
We know a lot more about healthy living now than we did nearly three decades ago, when the first national youth fitness test was born. Experts in health and fitness education developed an assessment, FITNESSGRAM®, that accurately measures a student’s health—not just performance in physical tests. The program also includes professional development for educators and recognition for students.
Our Inaugural Presidential Sponsor, the General Mills Foundation, has committed $10 million over six years—the largest donation in the foundation's history—to the Presidential Youth Fitness Program funding opportunity. The second round of the inaugural funding opportunity will facilitate participation in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program for the 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 school years. Applications will be accepted online from January 1 through January 31, 2014.
Learn which schools received awards from the first round of funding.
When your school adopts the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, you’ll get access to the FITNESSGRAM® health assessment and lots of free resources and tools that will help you encourage your students’ active, healthy habits.
Because only modest amounts of exercise are needed to obtain health benefits, most students who participate in regular physical activity will achieve scores that will place them in the Healthy Fitness Zone®—and earn them the chance to get recognized. students need to reach the Health Fitness Zone® in at least five out of six categories to earn the Presidential Youth Fitness Award. We offer lots of great ways to recognize their efforts.
Schools can apply for the second round of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program funding opportunity from January 1 through January 31, 2014.