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Youth fitness program

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Physical activity is critical to our children’s health and well-being. Studies show that physical activity not only helps kids stay active and healthy, but it can enhance important skills like concentration and problem solving, which can improve academic performance.

Since 1966, the President’s Council has promoted the Youth Fitness Test. While the Fitness Test has changed over the years, the current test continues to assess physical fitness using data from the 1985 National School Population Fitness Survey. The President’s Council teamed up with leaders in the field to evolve the current test to a comprehensive program that provides training and resources to schools for assessing, tracking, and recognizing youth fitness. The new program has moved away from recognizing athletic performance to providing a barometer on student’s health.

Key to the success of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the expertise and resources provided by partnering

  • Adoption of The Cooper Institute’s fitness assessment, FITNESSGRAM®.
  • Professional development, such as monthly webinars, led by SHAPE America, a leading organization of professionals involved in physical education.
  • The expertise of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead the development of a plan to track and evaluate the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.