President's Challenge News
Monthly Webinar: Engaging Parents in the Next Step
In our last webinar you learned how to implement health-related fitness programs before and after school. The February webinar will focus on how you can engage parents in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
Join us February 26, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm EST
If you missed any of our previous webinars, you can catch them on the PYFP YouTube Channel! To learn about upcoming webinars, visit Presidential Youth Fitness Program Professional Development.
Monthly Resource: Parent Resource Guide
Parents, download your free informational guide to the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, PALA+, FITNESSGRAM, and tips on how to create an active lifestyle for your family.
AAHPERD Convention to Host a PYFP Session
The American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) convention in Charlotte, NC April 23-27 will host a Presidential Youth Fitness Program presentation at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24. Representatives from each partner will be available to answer questions about this new program.
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Type any food into Food-A-Pedia to learn its nutritional value-or lack of it. Food Tracker allows you to type in what you eat each day then presents it back to you in easy to understand bar graphs. How you're doing in meeting your daily requirements of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein becomes very clear. On the other hand, you won't be able to hide from the Daily Limits bar, which monitors your daily intake of calories, oils, saturated fat, sodium, and empty calories. A person eating 1800 calories a day is only granted 161 empty calories. Pass your limit of beer, pizza, and ice cream and your empty calories show up in red. Pass it up too much and you get a warning sign!
While the President's Challenge will keep you motivated by tracking your progress and giving you awards, the USDA's Supertracker is another set of powerful and fun educational tools to assist with your health goals.
Supertracker allows you to set multiple goals at once--for target weight, activity level, food groups, and nutrients like certain vitamins and dietary fiber. As you enter information about your eating and activity habits, you will get instant feedback in the form of charts and reports. While My Weight Manager and My Top 5 Goals will keep you on track, My Reports will help you view your trends over time. Use the reports to see where you're meeting your goals and identify areas you'd like to work on.
Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day
By Dominique Dawes, Co-Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
February 6th was National Girls and Women in Sports Day! Each year, this observance provides us with a tremendous opportunity to help get more girls in the game, and make a significant investment in the future of our Nation. I am proud to serve as co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and sound the alarm about the importance of ensuring equitable physical activity opportunities for all Americans.
Throughout my life, I have been transformed and inspired by sports. Since the first time I tumbled into a gymnasium at six years old to becoming an Olympic gold medalist, I was motivated and excited by the opportunities presented to me as an athlete and a coach. I owe my participation and success in gymnastics (and so much more) to the passage of Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, which has transformed the lives of millions of girls by granting them greater access to participate in sports.
One amazing example of making this investment is in Daly City, California with the Benjamin Franklin Middle School girls' basketball team. Their coach is 28-year-old Sarah Egan, who in addition to teaching social studies also teaches how to dribble, make layups, and block. The school has mostly low-income students from immigrant families, and Sarah faces significant challenges with her athletes.
In the first season the team didn't win any games. But that's not what Sarah focused on. She told her team, "You're taking baby steps now. But you have it in you to catch up." The next season 80 girls tried out and Sarah began to pick up the intensity. In the third season the team caught up and won their first game. Things only got better from there: they went to the championship finals. While Sarah taught these athletes the rules of the game, they learned more from each other and the game itself.
Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in educational programs. The law applies to all aspects of educational opportunities, but is most known for how it has impacted sports. Title IX requires that schools provide equal opportunities for male and female students to play sports, give male and female athletes equal athletic scholarship dollars, and provide equal benefits and services to athletes overall.
Since 1972, there has been over a 940% increase in sports participation for females in high school and the NCAA reports that there has been a 456% increase in female varsity athletes as well. In addition to the physical health benefits sports participation provides, female athletes are more likely to graduate from high school and have higher self-esteem than non-athletes.
Despite these strides, there are still more hurdles to clear. But with inspirational leaders like First Lady Michelle Obama, who launched Let's Move! to end childhood obesity within a generation three years ago this week, I am confident that we will make even greater strides in the months and years ahead.
The positive impact of girls and women in sports is clear. The investment my family made in me as an athlete has significantly paid off, just like Sarah Egan's has for the girls' basketball team at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Those girls developed skills and lessons that make them strong, smart, and competitive in all aspects of their lives. I urge you to continue to support the girls and women in your life to participate in sports and see what greater opportunities can be created. By doing this you will be investing in a brighter future for our nation.
* For more information about National Girls and Women in Sports Day, visit:
* For more on Sarah Egan's story and to read more success stories from the Faces of Title IX series, visit Faces of Title IX site.
PCFSN Research Digest: Too Much Sitting:
Health Risks of Sedentary Behavior and Opportunities for Change
Large volumes of daily sedentary time-i.e., too much sitting-are an integral element of how humans have adapted to our modern-day physical and social environments. In contemporary societies, we sit not only to pursue most of our serious purposes in life, but also to enjoy the majority of our diversions and recreations. Most obviously, we sit in cars to get to and from our places of work; we sit to do much of our work, particularly when using communication technology that has become integral to so many contemporary occupations; and at home, we sit in front of our television sets and when we use other screen-based entertainment and communication devices. Put simply, most of us are likely to move from chair to chair throughout our daily lives. To read more, visit https://www.presidentschallenge.org/informed/digest/docs/201212digest.pdf
Let's Move Celebrates Its Third Anniversary
First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let's Move! on February 9, 2010 to unite the country around our kids' health and create real support for families to live healthier lives. Since then we've seen substantial commitments from parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves to improve the health of our nation's children. Thanks to these efforts, families now have access to more of the information they need to make healthier decisions for their children. Young people now have more opportunities for physical activity in their communities. Food in schools has been dramatically improved. And more Americans now have access to healthy, affordable food right in their communities.
Later this month we'll be celebrating Let's Move!'s third anniversary by showcasing progress and announcing new ways the country is coming together around the health of our children. Until then, here's a look back on what the nation has accomplished over the past 3 years.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
to find health and fitness related events near you!
American Diabetes Association Expo
March 2, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT
This FREE expo includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy.
Partnership for a Healthy America Building A Healthier Future Summit
March 6-8, 2013
Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation's childhood obesity crisis, will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations, all committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America.
American Diabetes Association Expo
March 9, 2013
New York, NY
This FREE expo includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts discussing diabetes management and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy.
Seattle Bike Expo
March 9-10, 2013
The Expo is the largest consumer bicycle show in the United States with more than 250 booths related to bikes, gear, travel, health and fitness. Bike Expo features a plethora of interesting, informative and entertaining programming for all levels of cyclists. Choose from three stages and presentation areas and a full slate of interactive and fun activities for kids.
American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition
March 12-15, 2013 Las Vegas, NV
Join other students, fitness enthusiasts, personal trainers, and certified professionals at the ACSM's signature fitness conference for a full spectrum of programming from scientific to practical application.
Health and Fitness Expo
March 22-23, 2013
80 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information.
American Trails International Trails Symposium
April 14-17, 2013
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona (near Fountain Hills, Mesa, and Scottsdale)
Share ideas and learn new techniques in trail planning, development, and management. Dozens of speakers and keynote presenters will join us from the trails community across America and beyond our borders to address the broad range of trail issues:
AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition
April 23-27, 2013
Choose from more than 400 sessions featuring world-renowned speakers, honorees, athletes, and researchers at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The AAHPERD convention will be hosting a Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) session at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24. Representatives from each partner will be available to answer questions about this new program.
Safe Routes to School National Conference
August 13-15, 2013
Learn how Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs across the country are changing the habits of an entire generation of school children and their families. Transportation professionals, SRTS advocates, program representatives, elected officials and community members will connect with colleagues to discuss ideas, resources, projects and noteworthy practices to enhance work that is creating more active children and safer communities nationwide.
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