Official Newsletter of the President's Challenge

AUGUST 2013 - GET INVOLVED!

Inspire physical activity and good nutrition as a President's Challenge Advocate!

The President's Challenge Advocate partnership program recognizes the importance of working with a variety of sectors to improve the physical activity and fitness levels of all Americans. We invite organizations and individuals to join us in our work supporting the mission of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), which is to engage, educate, and empower all Americans across their lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

If approved as a President's Challenge Advocate, your organization will have access to a variety of tools and opportunities:

  • Recognition on our website and in our Fitness is Fun Newsletter;
  • Easy-to-use online tools that encourage your target audience to increase their physical activity and earn awards;
  • Access to awards featuring the signature of the President of the United States;
  • Use of the President's Challenge logo and materials;
  • Special portal page for advocates with 100 or more participants that will allow seamless registration for group members, no need to remember a group name or ID number.

Contact us if you're interested in learning more about becoming a President's Challenge Advocate.

Get with your Family and Friends to Have your Cholesterol Checked

ncep September is National Cholesterol Education Month. With your family and friends have your cholesterol tested. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that the body needs. However, excess amounts in your blood can build up on the walls of your arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke.

To test for cholesterol, a small sample of blood is drawn from your arm after a nine to twelve hour fast. It's typically easiest to have your cholesterol checked in the morning. Afterwards, you can go out for a healthy breakfast together!

Prevent or control high cholesterol by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing salt intake, not smoking, walking regularly, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

Donate Fruits and Veggies to your Local Food Bank

fruits_veggies September is also Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters Month. If you are getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet and want to help others do the same, donate fruits and veggies to your local food bank this month. While dried fruits and canned vegetables have a long shelf life, fresh fruits and vegetables are becoming a larger portion of the food distributed by the country's over 200 food banks. Call your local food bank to find out the best way for you to donate healthy!