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Elevate Health (formerly Research Digest) is The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s newly revamped publication discussing the latest research in the world of health. Check out the very first issue: “Room for Improvement: Americans’ Dietary Patterns and Food Environment.”

Elevate Health is The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s newly revamped publication discussing the latest research in the world of health. Formerly titled “Research Digest,” this publication has undergone a complete overhaul. A more attractive and user friendly layout are not the only aspects that have been improved upon. The newly named Elevate Health has enhanced its focus on physical activity, sports, and nutrition as related to our modern world in a way that will hopefully make readers’ understanding and application of the material much easier. An exciting new feature of Elevate Health is a monthly introductory piece written by members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition. The first issue of Elevate Health tackles the obesity epidemic from its core – America’s dietary patterns and food environment. Subscribe today and learn how researchers and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition are working together to Elevate the Health of Americans.

Room for Improvement: Americans' Dietary Patterns and Food Environment (PDF)

APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 5th – Apply Today For a Chance to Receive Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding

Teachers – Don’t miss the chance to boost your quality physical education program and get your students on the fast track to lifelong physical activity! The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is offering a funding opportunity, with generous support from the General Mills Foundation, to receive supplemental program resources to enhance physical education in your school and / or district.

Applications to receive supplemental resources for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program are being accepted now. The application is available online (only) from January 1 – February 5th, 2014! To apply, visit

Funding will cover selected schools through 2014-2015 and the following two school years. This funding will be open to all public and private schools that serve students in grades 4+ and are currently employing certified physical educators either on a full or part-time basis.

Be sure to check to see if your school is eligible to apply – a comprehensive checklist can be found here: (Public schools in Georgia and Texas and in some select districts are not eligible because of their current FITNESSGRAM® programming and reporting requirements).

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1. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program offers a variety of free and supplemental tools and resources to support quality physical education programs in schools across the US. A comprehensive guide about the PYFP is your key resource for understanding the program, what it means, and how to start implementing it today! Find this guide and many other resources on the PYFP website at:

2. The application to receive funding for the PYFP is now open! PE teachers can apply for PYFP funding for the '14-'15 school year. Application period is active from Jan. 1-31, 2014. Don't miss out on this opportunity to support your quality physical education programming! #PYFP

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Champion Fitness. Champion Kids. The NEW Presidential Youth Fitness Program Physical Educator Resource Guide is Now Available

PYFP Quality physical education programs are the key to helping youth develop an understanding of physical activity and fitness in order to adopt healthy, active behaviors for a lifetime. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), in coordination with its program partners, has released a new document which provides a comprehensive program overview. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program Physical Educator Resource Guide is provided free-of-charge to offer schools, regardless of budget, the information they need to implement the PYFP and help their students reach their fullest potential. The guide includes information for homeschools and non-schools providing physical education.

In addition to the PE Resource Guide, the program partners also offer a variety of other free tools and resources. To access the guide and other helpful materials, visit:

ATTENTION: Our Office Has Moved And We Have A New Fax Number!

The President’s Challenge has relocated its headquarters. The organization has moved to better serve the individuals, groups and schools who participate in or advocate for The President’s Challenge, as well as establish an enhanced working environment that is more conducive to collaboration and productivity. The new address for the President’s Challenge will be effective starting January 6th, 2014. For all correspondence, please send all mail and inquiries to the following address:
The President’s Challenge
1185 W. 2nd St.
Bloomington, IN 47403-2160
If you have any questions regarding the move or the new address, please e-mail us at

Please note our fax number is changing with our move
The new fax number is (888) 632-3197

Our toll free number remains the same 1-800-258-8146

Vermont AHPERD Wins $25K Cash Giveaway for PYFP

On October 31st, one lucky state AHPERD (Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) was announced the winner of a $25,000 prize from General Mills to enhance physical education in its state. Vermont (VTAHPERD) was selected at random to win this generous prize. VTAPHERD was one of 26 state organizations that participated in this event. A total of nine states completed the required interim steps to be entered into the final drawing.

On behalf of our Vermont AHPERD members I would like to thank General Mills for this generous grant. This support is a ‘game-changer’ for the many educators across Vermont committed to providing quality physical education and wellness opportunities within our schools and communities. VTAHPERD also looks forward to collaborating with our partners in higher education. The resources and tools available through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program will assist Vermont in the preparation of our next generation of highly-qualified physical educators, “said Dr. Lisa Pleban, Executive Director of VTAHPERD.

To be eligible for this award, competing organizations had to agree to direct the prize monies to a 501c3 or non-profit organization and utilize the award to further physical education within its state. VTAHPERD committed to encouraging statewide adoption of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program by focusing on training physical educators across the state on the program’s implementation. Simultaneously, VTAHPERD is working with select colleges and universities in Vermont to incorporate information about the program into the training of future physical education and health education teachers. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) is a model for fitness education that includes the use of a health-related fitness assessment, as well as educational and motivational tools, to support teachers and empower students to adopt lifelong physical activity. The program is a nationally recognized program and is completely free and voluntary.

We appreciate so much the efforts of the VTAHPERD team who are working to integrate the Presidential Youth Fitness Program into physical education. We look forward to following the efforts of the many schools that will benefit and are delighted to help the state’s physical education teachers do what they do best—improve the health and well-being of their students,” said Jane Wargo, PYFP Program Director.

With the funds, VTAHPERD plans to help at least 30 schools across the state access the FITNESSGRAM® software, one of the supplemental resources of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program that schools can use to enhance their program experience. On November 8th, teachers in Vermont received a jumpstart on their implementation of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program when they participated in one of the first “Success with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program” in-person trainings, offered by VTAHPERD and made possible through the support of the General Mills Foundation.

To learn more about the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, visit:

2013-2014 President's Challenge Educator Booklet Now Available

New for the 2013-2014 school year, the President’s Challenge Educator Booklet provides physical educators with a complete guide to get students started on the path to lifelong physical activity.  The booklet includes information regarding:

  • The Presidential Youth Fitness Program
  • PALA+ Program
  • Presidential Champions Challenge
  • Physical Fitness Test Awards
  • Apparel
  • How to Order
  • Fitness Gear
  • Teaching Aids

Visit today to download your copy of the new booklet!

Register today for the first PYFP webinar of '13-'14 school year: “Resources for Fitness Assessment and Youth with Disabilities.”

Register now for the first Presidential Youth Fitness Program webinar of the 2013-2014 school year, "Resources for Fitness Assessment and Youth with Disabilities." Register For Tuesday, October 15, from 1:00-2:00pm ET join leaders from the field as they outline information and resources available to support your efforts to promote the health and fitness of students with disabilities, specifically when it comes to fitness assessments. Goals of the webinar include:

  1. To learn about the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and its policy of fitness assessments for all
  2. Be able to locate resources that support conducting fitness assessments on youth with disabilities
  3. Know the recognition items available to schools and the criteria for recognizing students with disabilities

All webinars are recorded and available for later viewing via the Professional Development tab of

Implement PYFP With Fuel Up to Play 60's New Funding Opportunity
Not currently utilizing the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) but want to jump-start the program at your school? Now, schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 can apply online for 100% funding for the 2014-2015 school year through the funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 process. The deadline for application submissions is November 1, 2013. To apply for the program, please visit:
Funding for the PYFP includes:
  • FITNESSGRAM&#174 assessment
  • Professional development and education for PE teachers
  • Awards & recognition for students
You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity! Any school currently employing a full or part-time certified physical educator is eligible to apply. Click here for requirements/terms and conditions. Learn more: PYFP Funding FAQS
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Welcomes Two New Members.
Washington, D.C.— President Barack Obama has appointed Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Retired) and Anthony Marc Robles to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN).
"We are thrilled to have Lt. Gen. Hertling and Mr. Robles join the President’s Council," said PCFSN Executive Director Shellie Pfohl. "They bring a wealth of experience that will complement the talents of our current members as we strive to educate, engage and empower all Americans to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Photo of Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Retired) Lt. Gen. Hertling retired from the U.S. Army after more than 37 years of exceptional service. He previously served as the Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training from 2009 to 2011, where he was responsible for the training of more than 160,000 officers and enlisted soldiers each year. During that period, he revamped the Army’s basic training program and implemented a modernized physical fitness and nutrition program to address the needs of current recruits. He has received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Lt. Gen. Hertling graduated from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies and the National War College. He received a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University.
Photo of Anthony Marc Robles) Mr. Robles is an NCAA wrestling analyst and expert at ESPN. Born with only one leg, he won the 2010-2011 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class, and is a three-time All-American. He has been honored with the NCAA Best Wrestler of the National Tournament in 2011, the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPN ESPYs, and the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012. Mr. Robles received a B.A. in business communication from Arizona State University.
Lt. Gen. Hertling and Mr. Robles join the Council's 16 other members, which include athletes, physicians, chefs, physical fitness and nutrition experts, all of whom are dedicated to encouraging Americans to lead healthy, active lives.

About the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) educates, engages and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Through its partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, PCFSN promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles. For more information about the Council, visit
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The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) has moved its application period for 2014-2015 school year funding.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), a model for fitness education, has moved up its application period for program funding. They will now be accepting applications January 1-31, 2014 for the ’14-’15 school year. Check out PYFP Funding for more information!