Greetings from the office of the President's Challenge
Physical Activity and Fitness
have received the August 2010 issue of Fitness is Fun, the official
e-mail distribution of the President's Challenge. These monthly e-mails
will keep you updated on our programs, activities of the President's
Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) and other current
information pertaining to health and fitness.
PCFSN NEWS Council Member VideosPCFSN Physical Activity and Fitness Research Digest gets new design
Visit www.fitness.gov to
see videos of our Council members in action. From Co-Chair Drew
Brees to Michelle Kwan, our Council members are active individuals.
redesigned, the PCFSN Physical Activity and Fitness Research Digest
just made the transition from print to portable document format (pdf)
only. As of June, all issues will now be published online. The
Research Digest is a quarterly publication containing the latest
scientific updates about staying active and healthy. The most recent
issue focused on the role of exercise as medicine in the lives of older
adults. To view current and past issues or sign up for e-mail
notifications about future publications, visit the Research Digest section of the PC website.
First Lady Michelle Obama used the newly launched LetsMove.gov to answer questions about the “Let's Move” initiative during a live video chat July 13.
Let's Move! Updates
Introduction of new website corresponds with First Lady's live chat
Besides the recording of the First Lady's live chat,
the updated site features a variety of tips and tools to assist
families, teachers, and communities with improving the health of
children across America. Additionally, if people wish to share their
ideas or opinions about the campaign, they can visit the Let's Move! Facebook page via the website link.
Read the blog to find out about the MLB getting involved
LetsMove.gov also includes a blog
with frequent updates, such as details on the campaign's partnership
with the Major League Baseball Players Association, initiated July
20. Be on the lookout for a new public service campaign featuring
30 MLB players. Learn more.
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Exciting Changes arriving to the President's ChallengeThe
President's Challenge will be announcing many new and exciting changes
in September. Each new school year brings added excitement for
both our school-based programs like the physical fitness test and our
group/individual programs like the PALA and Presidential
Champions. Look for these announcements coming soon on the new and
enhanced President's Challenge website in September.
Presidential Physical Fitness Test covered in Dick's Sporting Goods PublicationIn
the back to school issue of “Game On”, Dick's Sporting Goods
included a feature to help students ace the Presidential Physical
Fitness Test. Check out the article on page 43 of the online publication.
Featured Product of the Month: The
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Weight Wise & Healthy Lifestyle Expo
October 2 - 3
Direct Energy Centre, Toronto
event is open to anyone with an interest in healthy lifestyles,
nutrition and weight management. The forum will include motivational
seminars, educational workshops, demonstrations, one-on-one
consultations, health screenings, and special guests Alexandra White and
Antoine Dove, both successful contestants from reality show, “The
Ride the Drive
An annual event
demonstrating this community's commitment to promoting active, healthy
lifestyles, Ride the Drive encourages participants to ditch their cars and
travel through the city's most scenic streets using more physical modes of
transportation. In addition to walking, biking and skating, this special day
also includes other fun activities for all ages.
you live too far away to attend Madison's Ride the Drive, consider
working with your community to start an event like this in your area.
PE4LIFE RESOURCE CONFERENCE
October 4 - 5
Overland Park, Kansas
48TH INTERNATIONAL MAKING CITIES LIVABLE CONFERENCE
October 17 - 21
Charleston, South Carolina
AMERICA ON THE MOVE CAMPAIGN: STEPTEMBER
has designated their fifth annual monthly campaign as
“Steptember.” See how you can participate and get involved with
this month's PC Activity, walking, with these 100 ways to add 2,000 steps or approximately one mile, to your daily routine.
Family Health and Fitness Day
Top 10 PC Activities
on data compiled from the President's Challenge website, the following
activities (in order) are the most popular. We feature one activity each
4. Cardio machines
5. Weight training
6. Household tasks
8. Martial arts
10. Lawn mowing / gardening
Continue with your PC program by getting out and trying a new activity!
Activity Profile: Walking
alone or with company, walking is a low-impact, stress-relieving
activity that can be enjoyed by people of almost every fitness level. Walking Fun FactIn
a study of stroke survivors, walking programs, when compared to
stretching alone, lead to improved mobility as well as increased
activity of the cerebellum and midbrain. So, basically, walking is good
for the both the mind and body!
Learn more.Try this: the 10,000 Steps ChallengeMultiple
health and wellness programs suggest attempting to take a total of
10,000 steps a day in order to meet the Surgeon General's guidelines for
30 minutes of activity most days of the week. Using a pedometer, such as the one featured as Product of the Month, can help you keep track of every step taken, giving you extra motivation to keep walking and stay active.
be discouraged if you do not meet the 10,000 steps goal at first.
Work up gradually, using a method such as the one suggested by the PBS America's Walking Program. Average calories expended during 30 minutes of brisk walking for people of various weights:
Source:http://www.healthfinder.gov/docs/doc12322.htm, sponsored by the National Health
|Demonstration Center Schools
This new section of Fitness is Fun recognizes schools that excel at incorporating physical activity and fitness into their physical education programs.
With Summer Break coming to a close, it is about time for students to head back to school. FIF will be going back as well, to Demonstration Center schools, that is. Starting up again in September, FIF will feature a monthly Demonstration Center.
acknowledgment of the vital role of schools in encouraging active
lifestyles for students, the President's Council awards deserving
schools with a certificate and pennant. These Demonstration
Centers function as models for other schools across the country wishing
to improve their physical education programming. If you think you school
deserves the Demonstration Center title, apply today!
2005, the President's Council has partnered with the American College
of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for the Demonstration Center Program. ACSM is
responsible for selecting State Demonstration Center coordinators to
serve as liaisons between schools in the state and the PCFSN to
facilitate recognition of model schools. Volunteering as a coordinator
is one of the many ways ASCM members can work toward obtaining their
ACSM Fellowship. Visit the PC website for a list of current coordinators.
PCFSN and ACSM are in the process of revamping the requirements and
parameters of the Demonstration Center Program as well as developing a
new logo. To read more about the current Demonstration Center Program and review the list of Demonstration Center schools, go the “Educators” section of the PC website.
section highlights President's Challenge participants who benefit from
the program and inspire others to lead more healthy lives. Check out
Arturas Medonis's story and get motivated!
Step-by-step recovery with the PC
basketball brings Los Angeles-resident Arturas Medonis much joy, it
also occasionally brings pain. Such was the case when he seriously
injured his Achilles tendon a few months ago during a one-on-one
game.“While playing basketball competitively I often had hurt ankles,
but this was beyond any of my previous experiences,” he said.
few weeks prior, Medonis joined the President's Challenge, and instead
of getting discouraged by his injury, he used the PC to get back on his
this tough period only the PC system was here for me 24/7,” he said.
“It motivated me to do as many small things as possible and to register
them.” In this way, he was able to stay true to his commitment to
exercise regularly while simultaneously improving his tendon. He
has come far in his recovery, and as of July 21, he was able to walk to
his local park and register a “solid 100 minutes of moderate activity.”
Taking it to the streets
only joining the PC Program about two months ago, in addition to using
it for himself Medonis already wants to share it with others in the
Santa Monica area. Hoping to partner with Santa Monica Pacific
Park, a family amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier, Medonis is in
the process of creating “Fitness Hour,” which would feature a live
fitness instructor to guide participants through a fun 60-minute
workout. He is also working on starting a “Hoop Shootout,” to
inspire people to get active through friendly basketball competition.
Highly ambitious, Medonis also has goals encouraging the President's
Challenge even beyond his community. Originally from Lithuania, Medonis
is inspired by Frank Lubin, the son of Lithuanian immigrants who became
a 1936 Olympic U.S. basketball champion before going on to popularize
basketball in Lithuania. In honor of Lubin, Medonis hopes to find a
way to promote the PC in Europe.
To learn more about Medonis and his current projects, visit his website.
Have an inspiring story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
HEALTH AND WELLNESS WITH MARJIE
Back to basics with diet and exercise
Many myths and misconceptions still exist when it comes to diet and
exercise and how they relate to weight loss. To help separate fact
from fiction, here are some guidelines:
Spot reducing with exercise is impossible!
example here would be trying to eliminate belly fat by performing
crunches to target the abdominal area. Resistance exercise,
whether for the abdominals or any other muscle group, is for the purpose
of maintaining or building muscle tissue, keeping your body
Losing body fat, and more importantly, keeping it off long-term, requires three components:
idea is to gradually change your overall body composition, i.e., to
gain muscle tissue while losing body fat, and do it in a way that is
safe and manageable. Because body fat is lost from head to toe and
not just in one area, be patient as inches are lost. As body fat
decreases and your level of fitness increases, and as your goals change,
remember to adjust your diet and physical activity accordingly.
- Adherence to a strength-training program that includes all major muscle groups.
- Adherence to regular cardiovascular workouts.
- Adherence to a daily calorie-controlled eating plan.
Just as you can't spot reduce with exercise, you cannot spot reduce by dieting.
the number of calories you consume is consistently less than the amount
needed for daily activity, you will lose overall body fat. If caloric
intake is equal to energy needs, you will maintain your weight, and if
calories consumed are more than you need, you will gain fat.
Know that cutting back on the amount of food you eat without regular exercise is never the best way to go.
only risk losing calorie-burning muscle in the process, ultimately
slowing down your metabolism. Body fat uses about 2 calories per
pound, while muscle uses about 6 calories per pound. Far better to
gradually increase activity levels while gradually reducing calorie
intake. This is not only more manageable on a day to day basis,
but it is healthier, and makes it much easier to keep the weight off
once you have reached your goal.
Find an appropriate way to monitor your progress
people are more motivated to exercise and eat right when they keep
track of their weight every day, while for others, stepping on the scale
creates needless anxiety and worry. Regardless of how often you
weigh yourself, use it as only one indicator of progress, because the
number on the scale reflects total body weight and does not tell you how
much body fat is being lost. A better indicator would be to take
regular measurements to keep track of inches lost. Place the tape
measure around the thickest part of the waist, hips, arms and thighs and
record your starting numbers. Repeat and compare once every 3 to 4
Gilliam is an internationally syndicated fitness columnist and
freelance journalist, and has authored thousands of articles devoted to
health and wellness. Each month we feature one of her articles.
Department of Defense “Leap Into Fall” Fitness Challenge
the President's Challenge, the Department of Defense (DoD) is looking
to register 2,000,000 hours of physical between August 1 and October
31. The “Leap into Fall” Fitness Challenge invites members of the
DoD to get in on the cause either as individuals or as groups.
who are able to log 30 hours of physical activity over the three month
period will receive certificates of achievement. And for a bit of
friendly competition, the three individuals and groups logging the most
hours will get special recognition on the DoD Worklife/Wellness website.
the date has already passed for Group Leaders and individuals to submit
their registration information, members can still join already-existing
If you are interested in joining a group or participating as an individual, register on the President's Challenge website
. Fill in the following information if you wish to join a group:
1. Group ID Number: [GROUP ID]
2. Group Member ID/Name: [*Type a name that will
appear as your profile name*]
you don't have the Group ID Number or the Group Member Name, but you
know that a group has been started for your Command/ Organization, go to
the “Your Groups” tab on the top of your individual account, and click
on the “Find a group” link. Fill the required information to locate the
group and add/join your group.
Up and coming Putnam County project encourages citizens to get “Up and Moving”
2006, West Virginia exceeded the national average incidence rates for
cancer of the lungs, colon and rectum, urinary bladder, kidney and
pelvis, oral cavity and pharynx, and pancreas as well as lymphoma and
leukemia, according to the National Program of Cancer Registries.
That same year, members of the Putnam on Wellness Coalition of Putnam
County, West Virginia got the idea to start working toward getting
county residents more active, keeping them healthier, and, consequently,
helping to reduce their risk of cancer.
Putnam County, West Virginia
started out as merely an idea began to take shape when coalition member
Michelle Baranaskas saw an article about the President's Challenge a
“I had heard of the President's Physical Fitness
Challenge in schools, but did not know that it had been expanded,” she
said. “Our Putnam on Wellness Coalition decided to seek funding
that would support promotion of the President's Challenge in the
community at large.”
This decision led to the formation of
“Putnam Up and Moving,” a project intended to promote physical activity
and decrease sedentary behaviors throughout Putnam County and West
Virginia as a whole.
“Putnam Up and Moving,” officially
took off in April of this year. They received a $1,250 grant from
the Mountains of Hope West Virginia Cancer Coalition Prevention
Subcommittee, as well as several other sponsorships. With funding
secured, the group can now turn its focus toward gaining more members,
with hopes of reaching at least 500.
“We would love to see more
people sign up and participate in the President's Challenge under the
name of our project, 'Putnam Up & Moving,'” Baranaskas said.
Those interested in joining Putnam Up and Moving are asked to register online
by entering the group ID number 90054 and the name Putnam Up and Moving in the boxes provided.Be part of our special feature for next monthHave you or someone else motivated a group of children or adults to lead a healthier life? E-mail us your story at email@example.com and it could be featured in next month's newsletter!
NEWS AND RESEARCH
New Report Gives America an “F” for Fat
again, a new report gives America a failing grade when it comes to
obesity. With 28 states showing an increase in adult obesity
rates, the concern over America's weight problem remains
legitimate. The “F as in Fat” report, issued by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health, presents data on
obesity rates in each state.
In addition to providing data, the
report also gives recommendations at the individual and policy levels
to make improvements. Suggestions range from breast-feeding (to
improve infant nutrition and increase caloric expenditure in mothers)
to bike lanes (to make active lifestyles more safe and accessible).
Listed below are the top five states for adult obesity rates:
- Mississippi 33.8%
- Alabama 31.6%
- Tennessee 31.6%
- West Virginia 31.3%
- Louisiana 31.2%
Lack of athletic opportunities for disabled students addressed
athletic involvement has increased for those with disabilities since
the passage of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, participation in athletics
is still significantly lower among students with disabilities compared
to students without disabilities, according to a July 2010 report from
the Government Accounting Office (GAO).
The GAO called on the
Department of Education to provide resources to assist states and
schools in serving students with disabilities in physical activity
settings and to produce guidance to clarify schools' responsibilities.
The Alliance in Support of Athletics Equity for Students with
Disabilities (ASAESD), organized by the Women's Sports Foundation, is
working on a multi-prong policy agenda that will ensure that students
with disabilities are provided opportunities to participate in and
receive benefits from sports and physical education. Read the full press release.
should physical education look like in the year 2020 and beyond?”
Anyone who wishes to answer this question is invited to do so online via
the PE2020 Forum created by the National Association for Sport and
Physical Education, NASPE. As part of the initial phase of a
two-year initiative to revise physical education, NAPSE is looking to
the public for ideas on how programming should look in the future.
Help shape the future of physical education: PE2020
or those entering submissions on behalf of a classroom have a chance to
win prizes for their innovative suggestions. Visit the PE2020 online forum to share your opinions or view others' suggestions.
|FITNESS QUESTION OF THE MONTH
school out for the summer, what are some suggestions you have for
combining being active with spending time with the children in your
a principal/teacher at a parochial school in the Sacramento area. I
have two young children who are four and two. One of our favorite summer
activities is going to the zoo. We have a membership, so it's easy for
us to stop by anytime. The zoo is a great activity for young children
because not only do they absolutely love all the animals, they get
exercise as they walk from exhibit to exhibit. A leisurely walk through
the zoo for my wife and I is a rigorous workout for our little people
with shorter legs.”
friends and I like to go swimming and play tennis. It's really fun, and
without feeling like you are exercising, you're getting in a really
I was a little girl, my mother loved to garden. We had beautiful
flowers, but we also had a huge vegetable garden. Not only did it
require constant attention, it also made me appreciate the wonderful
tastes of freshly grown vegetables. It was a great way to learn,
work out, and spend time with my family during those lovely Alaskan
morning I witnessed in my local recreation park [a] father shooting
hoops with his two kids. He was not in a role of the coach, but just
helped his kids to be in the flow of simple workout, occasionally
rebounding and shooting the hoop himself. The whole activity was very
natural and had a great vibe. Similarly, parents may engage in helping
kids to kick the ball from the penalty or dribble it on one foot. Bring
[a] stopwatch and let [your] kids run [a] short distance (from this
bench / tree to that) to improve their own running time. You may run as
well and improve your own time. Kids are always excited to do it
together if adults join the feast.
Arturas M., August PC All American
Question for Next Month's Issue:
stretching is an important component to any fitness routine, how do you
incorporate stretching into your active lifestyle?
Please respond via e-mail to the President's Challenge at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll include the most insightful responses in the September issue of Fitness is Fun.
|SPOTLIGHT ON President's
would like to extend a special thanks to all of the President's
Challenge Advocates. Please visit the Advocates section to see how
companies, organizations and groups are making a difference with the
NFL PLAY 60 Rush Back to Football Friday
Back to Football Friday is a national celebration of NFL team pride on Friday, September 10. Schools are encouraged to be unique in demonstrating their support for their favorite team. 34 schools
(one in each NFL market and two out of market) will be selected as
winners based on the originality of their event, level of NFL passion,
and relevance to the theme of health and wellness.
The winners will be named NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools and receive the following prizes:
- $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 Health and Wellness grant (presented in the form of a check to the winning school).
- Visit from an NFL player that will include an assembly and gym class component
start planning your Back to Football Friday celebration, and when the
big day comes, don't forget to capture the moment! Take some great
pictures of your class or school in action so you can submit them
registration runs from July 1 through September 17. The
celebrations should take place September 10. Actual entries
including photos must be submitted from September 11 through September
17. To register or get additional information about Back to
Football Friday, visit http://www.NFLRUSH.com/backtofootball. NFL PLAY 60 also teamed up with United Way for the general-public
portion of the contest. Fans of all ages are encouraged to show
their NFL team pride at work and in school on September 10 in
celebration of the start of the NFL season and to join in the effort to
end childhood obesity. One lucky participant will win a trip for two to Super Bowl XLV in north Texas. Visit http://www.UnitedWay.org/backtofootball to learn more.
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