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Everyone likes to be part of a team, right?

While our new health assessment from the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is a great way to measure individual fitness, we also offer two challenges that are perfect for groups.

Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge

Geared toward kids on the sedentary side of things, the PALA challenge introduces physical activity and healthier eating into their lives, one week at a time.

One of the goals is to be active 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. (For adults age 18 and over, it’s just 30 minutes of activity a day.) When we say “be active,” we mean pretty much anything that involves movement of large muscle groups. Basketball, baseball, playing tag, riding a bike, even helping with household chores—there are dozens of activities from which to choose.

The other goal involves following some simple healthy eating guidelines—adding a new one each week.

We provide a personal log (online or as a printable PDF) to help keep track of everything, which is vital because once kids hit their goals, they earn awards. Now that’s motivation!

Presidential Champions Challenge

The Presidential Champions challenge is how active kids raise their fitness to the next level. They log activities and earn points based on the amount of energy each activity burns. Their goal is to see how many points they can earn by staying active. So, the more active students are, the more points they’ll get. And of course, they earn awards based on their point totals.

Group Fitness for Everyone

It’s not just kids who could use a little physical activity in their lives. Consider forming groups with these members:

  • Your fellow teachers and staff at school (talk about being good role models!)
  • Your students’ parents (moms and dads and kids could motivate each other at home!)
  • Your community members (it takes a village to help kids get fit!)

What are you waiting for? Start a group today!

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PALA Awards

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President’s Challenge awards and sportswear are great rewards for hard work.

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