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General Mills Foundation Partners with PYFPGMF

$10 million donation made to PYFP is largest in Foundation's history


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Let's Move! celebrated its third anniversary at a February 28th event in Chicago with First Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama discussed the need for increased physical activity opportunities in schools and launched Let's Move! Active Schools, a program that emphasizes quality physical education. Let's Move! Active Schools empowers PE teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential. A central focus of that is the new Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), which replaces the long-standing Youth Fitness Test, in place since 1956. The PYFP employs the latest science and promotes health and physical activity for America's youth. 


At the event, General Mills Foundation, the inaugural sponsor of PYFP, committed a history-making $10 million over six years to help implement the new


Michelle Obama Launches Let's Move!Active SchoolsLMAS


Let's Move Active Schools 


First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let's Move! Active Schools at the third anniversary of Let's Move! in Chicago recently. Let's Move! Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers PE teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential. The program provides opportunities for quality physical activity in five key areas - physical education, physical activity during school, staff involvement, physical activity before and after school, and family and community engagement. . .
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among YouthStrategies


Physical Activity Guidelines Infographic Physical activity is critical for overall health at every age, but today America's youth are less active than ever before. Many settings provide opportunities to increase youth physical activity to the recommended 60 minutes or more a day, including the places kids live, learn and play.


The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth describes intervention strategies for increasing physical activity among youth aged 3 to 17 years. Dr. Karin Pfeiffer, a member of the Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report Subcommittee discusses the key settings highlighted in the PAG Midcourse Report - school, preschool and childcare, community, family and home, and primary health care - on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition blog.

Monthly Webinar: Awards and Recognition


In our last webinar, you increased your understanding of teaching health-related  fitness through activity. Register for this month's webinar to learn more about the awards and recognition that are available.


Join us April 16, 2013

1:00-2:00 EST


     Register Now for Monthly PYFP Webinar  



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: Aerobic CapacityMonthlyResource 


Read step-by-step instructions, view photos, and uncover tips for test administration for these aerobic capacity test items: PACER, mile run, and walk test. The chapter also discusses why this health/fitness component is important.



Presentation Folder for Certificates

President's Challenge Certificate Folder Add style to your certificate with this presentation folder, which has slits to hold any of the President's Challenge certificates including the Physical Fitness Awards, PYFP Awards, PALA, and Presidential Champion certificates. Actual size: 11" x 9". Fits all 8" x 10" certificates.
$1.00 Each 





For information on how to order the Presentation Folder for Certificates or any of our other merchandise, visit our  online shopping center.   



Upcoming Events and OpportunitiesEvents  


Visit to find health and fitness related events in April near you!


Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity

April 1-30, 2013


The inaugural funding opportunity will facilitate participation in the  Presidential Youth Fitness Program for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Applications will be accepted online from April 1 through April 30, 2013. 


Yoga Journal Conference

April 4-8, 2013

New York, NY


Learn from master yoga instructors and enrich your yoga practice with intensive day-long workshops and evenings of dancing.


Texas Veg Fest

April 6, 2013

Austin, TX


Celebrate the health benefits of a plant-based diet with cooking demonstrations, free samples, kids' activities, and speakers.


The Running & Fitness Expo

April 6-7, 2013

Charlottesville, VA


This FREE expo includes national and local vendors and is held in conjunction with packet pickup for the Charlottesville Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Marathon.


April 13, 2013

Chicago, IL


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.


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.


Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic

April 18-21, 2013

Monterrey, CA


The world's premiere cycling festival hosts both professional and amateur athletes for competitive and recreational events for riders of all ages. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.


The event includes a consumer expo with hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children.


AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition

April 23-27, 2013

Charlotte, NC


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 Conference. 


Excellence in Schools Summit

April 25-26,2013

Eerie, Colorado


Join Dr. John Ratey, author of the book Spark, and Kim Bevill of Gray Matters, LLC for meaningful cutting edge coverage on the links between fitness, nutrition and academic success. Learn from Cyrus Weinberger and the staff of Red Hawk Elementary how your school can develop its own physical activity program.


August 13-15, 2013

Sacramento, CA


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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Red Hawk Elementary: Building Physical Activity Into the School Day Builds Academic Performance



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Red Hawk Elementary School in Eerie, Colorado is an example of a school that has made physical activity a top priority. The school's leadership team made sure physical activity breaks were built into the school day from the day the doors opened in 2011. Between morning and afternoon activity breaks, recess, and PE class, students routinely get 50-105 minutes of activity a day. While many schools fear that providing time for physical activity will take away from academics, Red Hawk's rigorous academic environment has been greatly enhanced through their movement program. . .


Shape Up While Shaping Up Your Garden.Garden  

Mejora Su Jardín Y Su Cuerpo

Este artículo es escrito en inglés y español.


This is the first article in a series that will address  

health and fitness issues affecting the Latino community.  

Your ideas for story subjects are always welcome. 

 Vegetable garden and fresh vegetables


With the weather changing and spring right around the corner, individuals will look  to shape up their gardens and outside space. Spending time outside to beautify your garden and yard
Con el cambio del tiempo y el comienzo de la primavera casi aquí, mucha gente están tratando de limpiar y mejorar sus jardines y espacio alrededor de las casas. ¿En vez de mejorar el espacio exterior, porque no hagas algo para mejorar tu cuerpo tambien? . .





National Nutrition Month: 10 Tips for an Active Lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month! The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the USDA Centers for Nutrition Policy and Promotion developed nutrition tips for an active lifestyle to help you jumpstart your goals.
For youth and adults engaging in physical activity and sports, healthy eating is essential for optimizing performance. Combining good nutrition with physical activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Check out the 10 Healthy Tips for an Active Lifestyle to learn more. Also, be sure you read the blog by PCFSN member Chris Paul and watch his "Nutrition Tips" video.


Guest Column

We Can! Putting Spring Into Your Family's StepWeCan

  We Can--ways to enhance children's activity and nutrition  

Spring is in the air, with the promise of sunnier and longer days. Now is a good time to take advantage of having extra sunlight by adding more physical activity to your family's day. While balancing your child's school day, homework, and other activities can be hectic, making small changes this spring can lead to big rewards. Living a healthier, more physically active lifestyle doesn't require expensive sporting equipment or memberships. There are fun, creative ways to improve your family's physical activity habits while spending little or no money. . . 


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President's Challenge Advocate of the MonthAdvocate


Fuel Up to Play 60  



Fuel Up to Play 60 is the in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded

by National Dairy Council® (NDC) and the National Football League, based on a mutual commitment to the health of the next generation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has joined the effort as well as many businesses and industry leaders. This comprehensive program focuses on promoting healthier eating and more school-wide physical activity opportunities. Students and adults work together to select and implement a series of "Plays" that result in long-term changes in these two important areas. Along the way, students become empowered to lead - by making healthy decisions, taking action for change and encouraging their friends to do the same.







Support Let's Move! Active Schools! Sign up your local school and share the link via social media to encourage others to become champions for physical activity. In conjunction with Let's Move! Active Schools, there are a variety of grants and funding opportunities available to help your school increase physical activity throughout the school day. Take advantage of these great opportunities:


Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity


Apply for the inaugural funding opportunity of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. This will facilitate participation in the program for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Visit to learn more. Applications will be accepted online from April 1 through April 30, 2013.

ASAP Acceleration Grants

ASAP's new grant opportunity draws on the findings of last year's Physical Activity Innovation Competition, which discovered innovative physical activity programs happening in schools all across the country. Now ASAP is sharing these fun, flexible, and creative programs with schools across the nation. ASAP is awarding 1,000 elementary schools each with $1,000 Acceleration Grants to kick start one of three award-winning programs recognized in the Innovation Competition. Full details about ASAP, the Acceleration Grant opportunity, and the programs staged for widespread replication may be found at Grant applications will be accepted now through April 22, 2013.


 Fuel Up to Play 60 


Up to $4,000 per year is available to any qualifying K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. To learn more about these opportunities, visit The next funding application is due June 4, 2013.




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