SEPTEMBER 2013 - GET INSPIRED!
Participant Spotlight – Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
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.
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
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.
To learn about how you can implement PYFP at your organization, visit www.pyfp.org.
Advocate of the Month – 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 www.tpl.org.
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.
Watch it here: http://bit.ly/1fWocsg.
The President's Challenge is on Pinterest
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