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.
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.
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!
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.”
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!
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.
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
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen McDonough, a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, for earning his Platinum award! Dr. McDonough, a pediatrician from North Dakota, is an avid outdoorsman who likes to spend his free time hiking, canoeing, and exploring nature. After earning his Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) in 2010, Dr. McDonough decided to move on to the Champions program in hopes of one day earning his Platinum award. 4 years, one million points, and hundreds of activity hours later, Dr. McDonough has reached his goal. Congratulations, Dr. McDonough! You are an inspiration to us all!
August 2014 Fitness is Fun Newsletter
Welcome to the President's Challenge Monthly Newsletter: the spot for up-to-date information on The President's Challenge, physical fitness, nutrition, current events, and inspirational stories. Click on a title that interests you and get reading, get active, and get healthy!
–Health and Academic Achievement: Healthy Kids. Successful Students. Stronger Communities.
–President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
–August is Family Meals Month
–Back to School Preparations
–Check Out the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Resources this Fall
–National Immunization Awareness Month
–National Kids Day
–In Case You Missed It: Our Office Has Moved!
–Product of the Month: Presidential Youth Fitness Award Zipper Pull
–Get Active with Kickball
–Preparing Healthy Sack Lunches
–Recipe: Lemon Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap
–Advocate of the Month: Boys and Girls Clubs of America
–Share Your Inspirational Story with Us!
–Now Hiring: Executive Director of The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
A new webinar series on I Can Do It, You Can Do It! (ICDI) has just been announced by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition! ICDI is a mentoring model that promotes regular physical activity and healthy eating behaviors for children and adults with disabilities!
Attend the webinars and learn how to establish ICDI in your own school or community. To receive more information on establishing ICDI in your community, send an email to ICDI@hhs.gov