Official Newsletter of the President's Challenge


Participant Spotlight – Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church

Picture 071.jpg Organizations, schools and individuals across the nation are participating in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) – a voluntary program that includes assessment, professional development, and motivational recognition to empower students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle.

On March 9, 2013 Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (EMBC) in Indianapolis, Indiana held its first PYFP meeting. Dr. Helen Flippin, a member of EMBC for more than 20 years, led the meeting. Dr. Flippin, a Pediatric Cardiologist, coordinated the event in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Faith and Communities to help raise awareness about childhood obesity (prevention and intervention) and ensure that kids within the community understand the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity.

Picture 079.jpg Those who participated in the March meeting were members of EMBC and the Indianapolis community. Eric Jackson, a personal trainer in Indianapolis, also spoke about the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle at the meeting. After Dr. Flippin and Jackson completed their speeches, the children were divided into groups by age. Once groups were established, adult volunteers recorded each child's height and weight, and calculated their Body Mass Index (BMI).

Once all necessary information was recorded, the children were moved to different stations where they completed the physical fitness portion of the Fitnessgram activities. Group leaders played music while the children participated in the PACER (Progressive Aerobic Capacity Endurance Run) and other various tests of musculoskeletal strength, endurance and flexibility.

After all tests were completed, Dr. Flippin invited families to participated in the six week President's Challenge – the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+), challenging all participants to improve their nutrition and physical activity levels.

Dr. Flippin received outstanding results: Her group achieved a 100% participation rate! In recognition of the group's participation, the Indianapolis Indians donated a ticket to a baseball game to each child and parent for joining the challenge and succeeding to improve their health and fitness for six weeks.

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Advocate of the Month – The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land The Trust for Public Land (TPL), one of the President's Challenge esteemed advocates, is a national nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places. TPL works to conserve land throughout the US – from inner city to the wilderness – the organization works to ensure that the land is sustainable and livable for future generations. Since 1972, TPL has completed over 5,200 park and conservation projects nationwide, including in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the Trust for Public Land at

President's Challenge Advocate, The ABCs of Yoga on Why Yoga is Good for Children

Author Teresa Power of The ABCs of Yoga and yoga practitioner of over 30 years, explains why the activity is a great exercise for kids on the Tucson Morning Blend.

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