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PYFP funding applications are now open!
PYFP funding applications are now open!

Propel physical education with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Schools and districts can apply now to receive resources to enhance implementation of the nation’s youth fitness education and assessment program. Eligible schools and districts can receive up to $1,000 in resources including software, student recognition items and more! Let’s Move! Active Schools that have completed their school assessment are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in resources. Funding applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To learn more, visit pyfp.org. Create an account to submit your application today!

Import activities from your Misfit
Import activities from your Misfit

We rolled out our import feature for wearable devices earlier this year with the ability to import activities from a fitbit account to a President’s Challenge account. Now, Misfit users can import activities just as easily! Logging activities and earning awards has never been easier.

To start importing activities from your Misfit account, take the following steps:

  1. Login to your President’s Challenge account.
  2. Click on the Tracker icon.
  3. Click the button that says “Import Wearable Activity”.
  4. Choose “Misfit” from the dropdown menu and set the dates for the data you would like to import. You can choose up to 30 days of activities (Misfit only allows 30 days at a time to be downloaded, so if you want more than that, you'll have to perform this step more than once.) The tracker will let you pull data from up to 8 weeks in the past.
  5. Login to your Misfit account and grant the President’s Challenge access to your Misfit data. Don’t worry—we only have access to the activities you track! You will only need to go through this process the first time you import data. After the first time, importing Misfit data will only require a few button clicks.
  6. You should now see the activities you tracked using your Misfit for the dates you selected on your screen.
  7. Click “Import Selected Entries” in order to add these activities to your President’s Challenge account.
  8. You’re done!

Have a Misfit, but no President’s Challenge account? Get started today!

April Newsletter—Sport for All Initiative
April Newsletter—Sport for All Initiative

The April newsletter is out! Check it out for healthy recipes, a 25% off promo code, and an inspiring story about a 77 year old fitness buff. Also, learn more about the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’s (PCFSN) Sport for All Initiative. The PCFSN encourages you to explore your passion for play and start off spring with lots of playtime! Get outside and play with your students, your kids, or your adult friends. After all, you’re never too old to play!

Awards and Gear on Sale Now!
Awards and Gear on Sale Now!

We’re cleaning up shop here at the President’s Challenge and have put select items on sale. Awards, shirts, certificates, apparel, gym mats, and more. There is something here for everybody! Check out all of our sale merchandise now and stock up before we sell out!

March Newsletter—Recognition and PYFP
March Newsletter—Recognition and PYFP

The March issue of Fitness Is Fun is out! Read about recognizing your hardworking students as part of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, National Nutrition Month, and incorporating health and wellness into your classroom. Also, meet our latest Staff Member of the Month, Alex.

Import fitbit activities to your President’s Challenge account!
Import fitbit activities to your President’s Challenge account!

Are you a fitbit user? You can now import activities tracked using your fitbit into your President’s Challenge account. Logging activities and earning awards has never been easier!

No more logging your activities one at a time. Importing your data from fitbit is now just a button-click away. Here’s how:

    1. Login to your President’s Challenge account.
    2. Click on the Tracker icon.
    3. Click the button that says “Import Activity from Fitbit”.
    4. Choose “fitbit” from the dropdown menu and set the dates for the data you would like to import. The tracker will let you pull data from up to 8 weeks in the past.
    5. Login to your fitbit account and grant the President’s Challenge access to your fitbit data. Don’t worry—we only have access to the activities you track! You will only need to go through this process the first time you import data. After the first time, importing fitbit data will only require a few button clicks.
    6. You should now see the activities you tracked using your fitbit for the dates you selected on your screen.
    7. Click “Import Selected Entries” in order to add these activities to your President’s Challenge account.
    8. You’re done!

For fitbit users, this new tool will make tracking your activities on your President’s Challenge account quicker than you ever imagined!

If you don’t currently have a President’s Challenge account, set one up today and get started. With this new ease of logging activities, you’ll be amazed how quickly you earn awards. Why not pick out your favorite award items now? Check out all we have to offer here.

Already doing FitnessGram? Recognize your students with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Already doing FitnessGram? Recognize your students with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Your students can receive Presidential recognition through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), the national fitness education and assessment program. Through this free program, schools have access to tools to promote excellence in physical education through quality fitness education and assessment practices. Your students will be proud to receive their awards.

If your school is already using FitnessGram® testing protocols, it’s easy! FitnessGram is the adopted assessment of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Any student in grades 4-12 who achieves the Healthy Fitness Zone in at least 5 testing categories is eligible for the Presidential Youth Fitness Award. Students in grades K-3 can join the Fitness Club by completing the assessment items.

January Newsletter—New Year, New You
January Newsletter—New Year, New You

The January issue of Fitness Is Fun—our monthly newsletter—is out! Read about setting and keeping new fitness goals for 2016. Find delicious, healthy new recipes to kick start your year. Meet the President’s Challenge staff. And, learn why you should give yoga a shot this year. Access the full newsletter here.

Subscribe to Fitness Is Fun to automatically receive each new issue!

Enter our #12DaysOfGiveaways series on Facebook
Enter our #12DaysOfGiveaways series on Facebook

Join our #12DaysOfGiveaways on Facebook! We’re getting rid of cool retro gear and want you to have it! For the next few days we’ll be posting photos of goodies we’re giving away. For a chance to win the items posted, simply “Like” the post. Each item will be posted at noon. Once a new item is posted, the winner of the previous item will be announced. (Winners will be randomly selected. Items can only be shipped to U.S. addresses). “Like” our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss any new posts!

Download your 2015-16 Educator Booklet today!
Download your 2015-16 Educator Booklet today!

Designed for educators, the President's Challenge booklet gives you all the details you need for a successful challenge! Download your copy of the 2015-16 Educator Booklet to see what's new with the President's Challenge and to make sure you're up to date on all things PYFP. You can also request a hardcopy of the Educator Booklet here.

June 2015 Elevate Health—Injuries and Adverse Events in Sports Activities: Preventive Strategies for Young Athletes
June 2015 Elevate Health—Injuries and Adverse Events in Sports Activities: Preventive Strategies for Young Athletes

With obesity on the rise in our country, a focus has been put on increasing physical activity in young people across the nation.  This focus has led to an increase in boys and girls participating in organized sports, with 60% of boys and 47% of girls playing team sports before age six. Increasing physical activity comes with an increase in injury in a child’s early years. This issue of Elevate Health discusses the importance of injury prevention in young athletes.

Celebrate 100 years of the National Dairy Council with delicious recipes!
Celebrate 100 years of the National Dairy Council with delicious recipes!

This year the National Dairy Council (NDC) will celebrate over 100 years of promoting healthy nutrition across America! The organization will be celebrating its centennial for the entire month of June, during National Dairy Month. Check out the June issue of our newsletter, Fitness is Fun, for delicious recipes to try this summer. Follow all of the NDC Centennial happenings by following #NDC100 on social media.

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Share your healthy selfie with us using #PCfitphoto

From April 12th to April 18th, The President’s Challenge wants to see you move! During that week, simply tag us on Twitter (@preschal) or post on our Facebook page to share a selfie of you getting active and healthy. Don’t forget to hashtag #PCfitphoto for your chance to be featured on our page!  

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March 2015 Elevate Health-Healthy Nutrition: From Farm to Fork-with a special introduction by Rachael Ray!

In the March issue of Elevate Health, Rachael Ray discusses the importance of teaching the orgins of food to every young person in our lives and communities. She reminisces about her grandfather and mother who taught her everything about food at an early age: where it comes from, how to cook with it responsibly, and how to share it.

Learn how our food system can work to positively support our health and nutrition in many ways, such as “guiding what types of food are produced and available, how food is processed, reducing food waste in ways that improve food security, and reducing environmental health effects.” 

SHAPE America National Convention
March 2015 President’s Challenge to attend SHAPE America National Convention & Expo—March 17-21, 2015

The President’s Challenge will be at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo this month in Seattle, Washington.  Stop by our booth to sign-up for our mailing list, chat with our friendly representatives, receive free goodies, and find out what’s new with the President’s Challenge.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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SHAPE America Partners with PCFSN to co-sponsor the President’s Challenge

SHAPE America announces its partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN). 

The President’s Challenge is now administered as a co-sponsorship between the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and SHAPE America (formerly the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance).  SHAPE America will work with the Indiana University – Bloomington, School of Public Health/Department of Kinesiology to manage the program.  All administration and support of the program will continue to occur at the President’s Challenge office located in Bloomington, IN (Contact Us).  The President’s Challenge has been located at Indiana University - Bloomington since 1988.  Schools, groups, corporations and individuals participating in the President’s Challenge will notice no change to the excellent level of service the current staff provide.  The relationship between the PCFSN and SHAPE America will allow opportunities for growth and visibility for the President’s Challenge that may not currently exist.

The President’s Challenge serves as the source of recognition items for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, which was announced in 2012 and replaced the traditional youth fitness assessment.  The President’s Challenge also offers the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) recognizing Americans of all ages for being physically active on a regular basis and eating healthy.  Participants in the PALA+ can record their activities using the online tracking tools at www.presidentschallenge.org which also counts toward future progress in the Presidential Champions program which uses a unique point-based system to recognize those taking the next step in the physical activities.

The President’s Challenge is the largest and longest running program of the PCFSN that has been recognizing America’s youth for their fitness accomplishments since 1966.

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February 2015 The Aspen Institute’s Project Play unveils "Sports for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game"

At the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Activation Summit, The Aspen Institute’s Project Play unveiled Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in The Game.  The report is a guide on how to create universal access to early positive experiences in sports.  The report can be accessed here: http://youthreport.projectplay.us/  In addition to announcing the new playbook, the Aspen Institute will host the 2015 Project Play Summit in Washington, DC on February 25th.  To learn more, visit: http://www.aspenprojectplay.org/events/2015-project-play-summit