Official Newsletter of the President's Challenge


Elevate Health: Masters Athletes Face Unique Physiological and Nutritional Challenges

In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of competitive older athletes, known as masters athletes. Whether masters athletes are competing at elite levels or participating in activities recreationally, their physiological and nutritional needs differ from younger athletes. "Masters athletes and their coaches, physicians, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals need to be aware of changes in physiology that occur with age. Depending on the athlete's goals, they can use this information to develop exercise and diet plans that will promote a competitive edge and improve health without adding risk." Read more about the unique nutritional and physiological needs of masters athletes by clicking here.

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Original President's Challenge Song Resurrected for New Apple Commercial

In the early 1960's when John F. Kennedy set out on a personal mission to improve the fitness level of Americans, the memorable "Chicken Fat" song was created. Meredith Wilson, creator of The Music Man, wrote the song and it was sung by Robert Preston, the musical's star. The song was recorded and distributed to schools across the country. Schoolchildren everywhere listened to the song during workout routines. This iconic song and routine left a lasting impression on thousands of Americans attending school in the '60's.

Recently, Apple released a new commercial highlighting some of its new fitness gear. The featured song in the commercial is none other than the "Chicken Fat" song. Watch the Apple advertisement to hear the song for yourself and relive your childhood memories.

Share your memories of the "Chicken Fat" song and participating in the President's Challenge by writing to Your responses may be featured in an upcoming issue of "Fitness Is Fun."

Active Kids Do Better: A Blog by Drew Brees, Co-Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Drew Brees, NFL Quarterback and Co-Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, recently shared a blog post on The blog, titled "Active Kids Do Better," addressed the issue of childhood obesity and school performance. Brees stated that, "Being overweight or obese may not only have a serious effect on physical health, but it could also negatively impact school performance and attendance and increase health care costs for families." We know that active kids do better, which is why it is important for parents, schools, and communities to put forth the effort to promote active lifestyles to children everywhere. Read Brees' entire blog post, here.

July is National UV Safety Month

As we begin to enter the peak of the summer season, there is no better time to emphasize the importance of proper sun protection. July marks National UV Safety Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With skin cancer harming many Americans each year, we must take precautions to protect our skin so that we may continue to enjoy this beautiful time of the year. In order to help prevent the development of skin cancer, as well as other complications associated with sun exposure, such as wrinkles and a weakened immune system, the Federal Occupational Health page for this campaign offers several key tips. Among the steps provided, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends wearing protective clothing and hats to deflect UV ray damage, reapplying sunscreen throughout the day to avoid uncomfortable sunburns, and using sunglasses when outside to prevent eye damage.

New! Professional Development Opportunities

Are you interested in high quality, virtual professional development offerings to enhance your teaching? Look no further than the Success with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program virtual training package. Using the latest in training and technology, the interactive courses provide physical educators with the information necessary to fully implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP). If you have professional development days to fill over the summer or are planning for back to school offerings, these courses are for you!

    The four courses take a total of approximately seven hours to complete (contact hours are available) and include:
  • Course 1: Essentials of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program
  • Course 2: Free FITNESSGRAM® on-line course (developed by The Cooper Institute®)
  • Course 3: Physical Best Gets FITT
  • Course 4: Motivating Students to be Their Physical Best

The virtual training can be purchased as a package for less than $180 (pricing discounts available for SHAPE America members). Courses 1, 3, and 4 also can be purchased separately. Interested? Send an email to What are you waiting for?

What You Had to Say About National Great Outdoors Month

Last month we asked you a few questions about being active outside, in honor of June being National Great Outdoors Month.

This is what you all had to say:

  1. Your favorite way to be active outdoors is hiking.
  2. When camping, you most look forward to hiking nearby trails, followed closely by sitting around the fire and exploring the outdoors.
  3. All of you think spending time outdoors is crucial to maintaining your mental and physical health. One respondent agreed that spending time outside is crucial to maintaining your health, stating "Spending time in the fresh air and wide open spaces is my favorite way to relax and leave stresses behind. Running, walking, biking and hiking are the best tools I know of for fixing life's daily problems."
  4. Finally, we asked you how you manage to get in time outdoors for exercise and relaxation during your hectic week. Here are a few of our favorite responses:
  5. a. "Some of it is fitting in bits of activity where I can, such as walking on the walking trail at work during break times. But another is setting aside time as a priority for my own health first. I also double up with quality time with family members by spending time doing outdoorsy activities."
    b. "We schedule it, it is part of our monthly calendar and we walk almost every day as part of our daily schedule. We find if we don't put it on our calendars it does not get done."
    c. "Summer is great for that, with the longer days. It allows more daylight hours for enjoying the outdoors. And there is always time. If you have time to sit on the couch and watch an hour long TV show, you have time to go for at least a half hour walk."
    d. "Make it a priority. If I do not take care of myself, who then will take care of what needs to get done in my absence. Things may just get done a little later, after my workout.

In Case You Missed It: Our Office Has Moved!

Just after the New Year, the President's Challenge relocated its headquarters. 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 contact

Product of the Month: President's Challenge Trek Water Bottle

Water, water everywhere! Stay hydrated on the go with this 20-ounce, BPA-free aluminum sports bottle featuring a carabiner clip, screw top, and President's Challenge logo.


Upcoming Events

July is:

Fireworks Safety Month
National Council on Fireworks Safety

Eye Injury Prevention Month
Federal Occupational Health

UV Safety Month
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Federal Occupational Health