Official Newsletter of the President's Challenge


ATTENTION: Our Office Has Moved!

The President's Challenge has relocated its headquarters. The organization has moved to better serve the individuals, groups and schools who participate in or advocate for The President's Challenge, as well as establish an enhanced working environment that is more conducive to collaboration and productivity. The new address for the President's Challenge will be effective starting January 6th, 2014. For all correspondence, please send all mail and inquiries to the following address:

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

New Issue of Research Digest Now Available

Research Digest We're excited to announce that the newest issue of Research Digest is now available on the President's Challenge website. "Effective Education and Development of Youth Sport Coaches" takes a look at coaching at a youth level – what it means to coach, coaching effectiveness, importance of professional training and education, and the overall influence that coaches have on America's youth.

"Because the most powerful learning for coaches comes from "doing" and reflecting on those coaching experiences, as well as interacting with peers in specific contexts, researchers have emphasized the need to reflect on practice and to examine the social networks coaches learn within."

About Research Digest

The Research Digest is a quarterly publication from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition that synthesizes scientific knowledge to present a balanced, research–to–practice analysis on a range of topics including aspects of sports, physical activity and fitness, physical education, nutrition, and dietetics research.

The publication aims to address topics of current relevance to physical educators, sports coaches, registered dieticians, sports medicine and public health practitioners, physicians, and students.

To register for Research Digest, please visit the following:

President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Annual Awards

PCFSN The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is a council made up of a variety of fitness and health advocates appointed by the President that engages, educates and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The PCFSN has two annual awards to recognize individuals and organizations that are committed to promoting fitness, sports and nutrition across the country and in the community:

Lifetime Achievement Award : Honors individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, sport and nutrition nationwide. To submit a nomination, please visit:

Community Leadership Award : Given to individuals or organizations that improve the lives of others through fitness, sports and nutrition–programs within their community. To submit a nomination for this award, visit:

Submit a nomination today! Nominations must be received by February 1, 2014. To learn more about these awards and the PCFSN, visit:

Presidential Youth Fitness Program Now Offers Comprehensive In–Person Training

In an effort to meet various learning styles, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) is now offering the Success with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program through in–person training to mirror its virtual sister. Developed by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the training covers all of the foundational elements that will help teachers successfully implement PYFP in their schools. Topics include: An introduction to PYFP; integrating health related fitness education into quality physical education; assessing health related–fitness; an introduction to motivational recognition; and communication strategies for physical education teachers. It's a great mix of hands–on and didactic learning. Upon completion, participants will be enrolled in an online learning community, which allows them to connect with other teachers, who are implementing PYFP and also fosters continued professional development long after the training has ended.

Maximize your resources, amplify your efforts and accelerate your students' progress toward lifelong physical activity today with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. To learn more about the trainings that are available, please visit To see about scheduling training or to purchase access to the virtual course, please call (800) 213–7193 (ext. 412) or email

25 Trainings Available!

The Essentials of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program in–person training may be coming to a city near you! Thanks to the generous support of the General Mills Foundation, AAHPERD will be providing 25 trainings for free at select locations across the country. In order to qualify, a group of 30 physical education teachers must be assembled. While the trainings are free (no registration fee required), teachers will not be provided a stipend or travel reimbursements. Email if you want to be considered as a host training site.

Product of the Month – President's Challenge AE2720 Pedometer

The Accusplit Eagle 2720 Pedometer is a great way to count steps. It features an easy to read display, ultrathin case, step counter, activity timer and a safety leash. If you are looking for a simple and durable step counter then look no further. $8.95

AE2720 pedometer

Upcoming Events

2014 Is Quickly Approaching – Enhance Physical Education with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Teachers – Propel your physical education program and get your students on the fast track to lifelong physical activity in 2014 and beyond! The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is providing a funding opportunity, with the generous support from the General Mills Foundation, to receive supplemental program resources to enhance physical education in your school and / or district.


Applications to receive supplemental resources for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program will be accepted online (only) from January 1 – January 31, 2014! To apply, visit

Funding will cover selected schools through 2014–2015 and the following two school years. This funding will be open to all public and private schools that are currently employing certified physical educators either on a full or part–time basis. You won't want to miss out on this great opportunity.

Be sure to check to see if your school is eligible to apply – a comprehensive checklist can be found here:–checklist.pdf. (Public schools in Georgia and Texas and in some select districts are not eligible because of their current FITNESSGRAM® programming and reporting requirements).

Upcoming Events

AAHPERD Conferences
Visit the AAHPERD website for a full list of professional development conferences in your state for the 2013–2014 school year.

Cooper Institute Upcoming Law, Fire and First Responder Fitness Courses
Learn about the different courses available from the Cooper Institute and get guidance from internationally recognized instructors.

Share the Wealth PE Conference
January 23–25, 2014

Healthy Weight Week
January 19–25, 2014
Healthy Weight Week exists to help people understand that health is about more than just one's weight – it's about achieving a healthy and sustainable lifestyle through physical activity, nutrition and motivation.

Building a Healthier Future 2014 – Partnership for a Healthier America
March 12–14, 2014
Washington Hilton, Washington DC