The President’s Challenge Physical Activity & Fitness Awards Program, a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, has recognized nearly 70 million Americans of all ages and ability levels for their physical activity and nutrition achievements since 1988. Through a variety of programs, including the longstanding and evolving youth fitness test, the President’s Challenge has provided tools and resources to motivate youth and adults to meet the Physical Activity and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
On August 31, 2016, the programs that comprise the President’s Challenge will undergo an organizational transition to better serve the American public. New and existing partnerships will provide additional resources for these programs to improve their efficiency, accessibility, and physical activity and nutrition tracking options. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+), and Presidential Champions programs will continue in fall 2016, while the Adult Fitness Test will undergo a review to ensure it best serves the needs of the public.
Key details on the program transitions:
As part of this transition, the President’s Challenge office in Bloomington, Indiana, will close after August 31, 2016. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition will continue to manage operations of PYFP, PALA+, Presidential Champions, and the Adult Fitness Test, alongside its respective partners. The President’s Council expresses its sincere gratitude to the Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington, for its long-standing support and dedication to advance the health and wellness of Americans of all ages and abilities through their support and administration of the President’s Challenge. We also thank SHAPE America, the current co-sponsor, for their support of this long-standing program.
As the President’s Council’s national awards program, the President’s Challenge has constantly evolved since presidential recognition was established in 1966. Initially introduced as the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, the singular award recognized achievement in youth fitness in schools nationwide. In the mid-1980s, the introduction of additional awards marked the next evolution of the Presidential Physical Fitness Awards Program into what became known as the President’s Challenge program in 1988. Since then, the President’s Challenge has grown to include new awards and new challenges.
Most recently, in 2012, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program was launched to phase out the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. This new program to assess student fitness levels now provides additional tools and resources to ensure students are fit for life. With an evolved approach, fitness assessment has moved away from recognizing physical fitness to providing a barometer on student’s health. Based on the latest science and research, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program places emphasis on the value of living a physically active and healthy lifestyle—in school and beyond. Approximately 25,000 schools with an estimated reach of 13 million students are engaged with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
For any questions about the President’s Challenge Transition not answered in this statement or Frequently Asked Questions below, please email Fitness@hhs.gov.
Q: What does this change mean for visitors of the President’s Challenge and users of its programs?
A: Visitors to the President’s Challenge website may bookmark the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition website Fitness.gov for physical activity and nutrition facts, tips, and resources. Users of the President’s Challenge programs can find transition details for each program above.
Q: Why was the announcement to the public made today?
A: The announcement is being made to the public today now that the future of each program has been determined and we could share the steps you need to take to continue participating in the programs.
Q: When do you expect to re-launch PALA+ and Presidential Champions on SuperTracker?
A: We will announce plans to re-launch PALA+ and Presidential Champions on SuperTracker in the fall of 2016. If you would like to be notified when these two programs are re-launched, click here to sign up for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition newsletter, or click here to sign up for updates on SuperTracker.
Q: When Presidential Champions launches on SuperTracker will it be simple to get my points back?
A: Yes, you will be able to indicate that you are in progress towards an award when you register on SuperTracker and begin the Presidential Champions challenge. You can enter the points you earned before the President’s Challenge online tracker closed on August 31, 2016, and you can log the physical activity you completed during the transition period.
Q: I’m working towards a PALA+. Will I be able to continue working towards the award on SuperTracker?
A: If you have not started PALA+ or want to start it on SuperTracker, you can begin logging your physical activity and nutrition when SuperTracker launches this fall. If you want to begin PALA+ now, you should use the paper log to complete the program during the transition period. There is no difference in the program in how it is presented on the paper log or online.
Q: What is happening to the President’s Challenge Advocate Program?
A: The President’s Challenge Advocate Program will close on August 31, 2016, ending the advocate organization’s relationship to the President’s Challenge. However, all advocate organizations are strongly encouraged to continue using our free programs now and in the future to help motivate their communities to live active, healthy lifestyles.
Q: How can I order my student recognition items for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program?
A:Until August 31, you can continue ordering your items by visiting presidentschallenge.org/shop.
On September 1 and after, you can begin ordering your recognition items by visiting pyfp.org.
Q: I’m still using the Presidential, National, and Participant awards from the Youth Fitness Test. How does this transition affect me?
A: These award items are no longer available. The Youth Fitness Test was sunset in 2013. All physical educators interested in assessing student fitness are encouraged to get started with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. It’s free!
Q: Can I still purchase products from the President’s Challenge?
A: Products that feature the President’s Challenge brand can be purchased until August 31, 2016 from the President’s Challenge website.
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: We are happy to answer any questions you may have related to the transition and programs. Please email us at Fitness@hhs.gov.