Official Newsletter of the President's Challenge



Moving to Solutions: What to Do with the Results


The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is about more than just fitness testing. Its purpose is to offer a comprehensive school-based program that promotes health and regular physical activity for America's youth. In order to do so successfully, physical education has to include instruction on health-related fitness. This webinar will increase your understanding of health-related fitness and will address such questions as why we do fitness assessment, appropriate uses for fitness assessment, and how it enhances your curriculum.

Join us May 7, 2013

1:00-2:00 EDT

If you missed any of our previous webinars, you can catch them on the PYFP YouTube channel!

To learn about upcoming webinars, visit Presidential Youth Fitness Program Professional Development .

More Community Wellness Webinars

Safe Routes to Schools

Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Principals and School Boards

This webinar will explore strategies that principals and school boards are currently employing to encourage more walking and bicycling to school.

May 16th, 2013

2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Learn about the Safe Routes to Schools webinars scheduled throughout the summer.

Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties (LMCTC)

Visit the National League of Cities website for an excellent selection of archived webinars by LMCTC and others that assist local officials in implementing health and wellness initiatives in their municipalities.

Fire up Your Feet

Fire Up Your Feet, a program by the Safe Routes to Schools partnership, encourages families, students and schools to work together to create active lifestyles. Visit the Fire Up Your Feet website for archived webinars on this school-centered program, including webinars on creating healthy fundraisers.


Bronze, Silver, and Gold Presidential Champion Emblems

You rock! You committed to your goal and earned the remarkable 40,000 -160,000 points required for a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Presidential Champion status-so celebrate your accomplishment! These vividly embroidered 3" Presidential Champion emblems are a great way to adorn a sash, backpack, hat or jacket.

Presidential Champion Gold Emblem Presidential Champion Silver Emblem Presidential Champion Bronze Emblem



Muscular Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility

This resource focuses on seven assessments of muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility that assist physical educators in determining the functional health status of students' musculoskeletal system.

Assessment objective, purpose, instructions, equipment list, corrections, scoring, and administration suggestions are detailed for the curl-up, trunk lift, 90 push-up, modified pull-up, flexed arm hang, back-saver sit and reach, and shoulder stretch.

The upper body and the abdominal/trunk region have been selected as areas for testing because of their perceived relationship to activities of daily living, correct posture, and the development and maintenance of a healthy, well-functioning back. While most students will only be able to achieve the criterion standards for one or two of the included test items, it is important to educate them regarding the importance of muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility in preventing problems as adults.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Visit to find health and fitness related events in June near you!

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

May and June


While Race for the Cure events happen year-round, May and June are popular months for this important fundraising walk/run. Visit the website to learn about an event that could be happening near you.

Bike to School Day

May 8


Join children and parents across the country in biking to school today and beyond. Visit the Walk and Bike to School Website to learn how you can plan a Bike to School Day in your community either by starting small or going big!

Bike to Work Week/Day

May 13-17/17


American Diabetes Association Expo

May 18, 2013

San Antonio, TX

This FREE expo includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy.

American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Conference

Boston, Massachusetts

May 28 - June 1

Join other college health professionals for five days of networking, collaboration, and continuing education. This year ACHA honors the spirit of service and compassion that college health professionals have shown in their dedication to serving college students and their campus communities.

American College of Sports Medicine 60th Annual Conference

May 28-June1

Indianapolis, IN

Students and established professionals are invited to attend the most comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference in the world. With 12 topical tracks, including Exercise is Medicine®, attendees of more than 70 disciplines come together from around the globe to share new clinical techniques, scientific advancements and cutting-edge research in sports medicine, exercise science, physical activity and public health.

10th Annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo

June 15

Brooklyn, NY

Body Sculpt New York shares the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to children and their families by engaging thousands of children in over 25 free sports clinics conducted by semi-pro and collegiate athletes. Activities include gymnastics, fencing, archery, soccer, golf, hula hoop, tennis, football and baseball -- to go along with cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, games and prizes.

Safe Routes to School National Conference

August 13-15, 2013

Sacramento, CA

Learn how Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs across the country are changing the habits of an entire generation of school children and their families. Transportation professionals, SRTS advocates, program representatives, elected officials and community members will connect with colleagues to discuss ideas, resources, projects and noteworthy practices to enhance work that is creating more active children and safer communities nationwide