President's Challenge News
Announcing the launch of Fitness File software
Try out our new Coordinator Tools and Fitness File. Fitness File is the free official software of the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test, and it integrates seamlessly with these coordinator tools.
Fitness File is:
Useful: Instructors can enter students' scores, keep track of their tests, and generate reports that they can send to you.
Simple: It's easy to use, so you and your instructors can spend more time helping kids get fit!
Secure: Fitness File is an Adobe AIR app, which means all student data will be stored on your local computer and will not reside on our server.
Rewarding: Your students will be eligible for our three awards, and you'll help them develop healthy habits for a lifetime.
FREE: Need we say more?
Exercise your creativity by entering our Poster Contest!
Take part in a new kind of challenge by entering our first ever Poster Contest! Each year the President's Challenge produces a poster that can be used by individuals and groups to promote the program. These posters serve as a primary means for promoting the program in schools, communities, businesses-- anywhere the President's Challenge is offered.
We need a theme for our 2011-2012 poster! Each year we attach a theme to the poster and weave it throughout our materials. We look forward to seeing what you can imagine. Be creative, be fun, and be unique when coming up with your entry.
Create your own slogan for the poster and we might even use it on things like t-shirts and other merchandise. It should incorporate physical activity, fitness and nutrition.
The contest is open to anyone interested in participating. All entries must be submitted by May 31, 2011. Entries will only be accepted electronically at email@example.com. Entries should include name of a contact person, school/organization,address, email and phone. Learn more.
The President's Challenge dives into AAHPERD National Conference "Oceans of Opportunity"
For the week of March 28th, members of the President's Challenge management team headed to San Diego for the 126th National AAHPERD Convention and Expo. The staff showcased our program in the expo. 25 lucky attendees who stopped by the President's Challenge booth won the opportunity to meet PCFSN Co-Chair Drew Brees.
Brees made a second appearance at the Let's Move in School (LMIS) Showcase. In PETCO Park, Brees teamed up with other prominent athletes, Carl Lewis and Tracy Austin, to show support for the first-ever national event to celebrate LMIS. Brees lead hundreds of San Diego elementary, middle, and high-school students in a 'wake-up warm-up' provided by HopSports.
Members of the President's Challenge Staff with Drew Brees.
Click here to view more photos from the conference.
More join the Million PALA Challenge
Every day, more and more people are starting or completing the Challenge. See how the following organizations are striving to make a difference and help us reach our goal for a more active and healthier nation.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set a goal to have 100,000 4-H members complete the Challenge by September 2011. To encourage participation, the National 4-H council has teamed up with Kraft Foods to offer incentives for all the counties that sponsor 4-H. As the parent organization of 4-H, the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) intends to have its employees participate as well throughout April and May. Read more.
- Active.com is making it easy for people to join and complete the Challenge. They offer a "Couch-to-5K" plan to help individuals train for a 5K run, walk, or wheel. If you've ever wanted to complete a 5K, but weren't sure where to start, this could be a good place to begin. For adults, the plan involves just 30 minutes a day, three days a week, so with two additional days of activity-any type of activity, you can easily help us reach our Million PALA goal. Learn more.
- The Million PALA Challenge has gone bi-lingual thanks to Discovery Familia, an all-Spanish channel with content designed for moms. The website contains videos and information - all in Spanish - to encourage participation in the Challenge. Check out the website.
Visit www.millionpalachallenge.org the new home site of the Million PALA Challenge. Get started earning your PALA today! Or, if you've already earned your award, direct your friends and family to the website so they can be part of reaching our goal of 1,000,000 award earners. The website explains how to get involved in the program and contains resources, updates, FAQs, and more!
Are you on Facebook? If so, you are just one click away from "liking" the Million PALA Challenge. We need your help to reach our goal. Visit the Million PALA Facebook page and click the "like" button to help us spread the word about this awesome initiative. You can also follow the Million PALA Challenge on Twitter.
Before it's too late, get your registration in to host a Box Tops for Education Family Fitness Night
Registration for hosting a Box Tops for Education (BTFE) "Family Fitness Night" ends May 31, so get yours in while you still have the chance.
If you host a Family Fitness night, BTFE will provide you with an easy-to-use toolkit with information and guidance for planning your Family Fitness Night. The two main focus areas are: fitness and nutrition. Several age-appropriate activities are suggested, but this program is flexible enough to suit your school's interests.
BTFE will also provide your school with prizes to give away the night of your event. They want to make if fun for kids to learn about ways to be more active in their everyday lives. Simple nutrition information is also provided.
Give yourself six to eight weeks to plan and promote your event. This way, you can encourage students, families, and faculty to participate in the Million PALA Challenge. If they partake all 6 weeks and earn their award, you can recognize them at your Family Fitness Night with the PALA certificates and emblems provided in your Family Fitness Night toolkit.
Please note that in order to receive prizes and posters, you will need to register your event at least four weeks prior to your event date.
Participation is limited to 8,000 schools, so register today to make sure you are part of that group!
Download this FREE Famlly Fitness Night flier and get started on planning your event.
FEATURED PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
TREK WATER BOTTLE!
Our Trek water bottle will help you stay hydrated and cool as temperatures begin to rise. This 20-ounce, BPA-free aluminum sports bottle featuring a carabiner clip, screw top, and President's Challenge logo is a convenient and sustainable way to carry water while on the go.
For information on how to order the Trek water bottle or any of our other fitness products, visit our online shopping center.
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Join the move-ment by hosting a Let's Move in School event during National Physical Education and Sport week
The PCFSN is a proud federal supporter of the Let's Move in School (LMIS) national initiative to increase physical activity before, during, and after school. Register your school to host a LMIS celebration during National Physical Education and Sport Week. .
Schools can choose from a variety of fun activities that will get students moving and bring attention to the importance of physical education and physical activity. To register a school celebration, find out more about the initiative, and access promotional videos, tools and more, visit www.LetsMoveInSchool.org.
NSCA Award Honors Superior Achievement in High School Strength & Conditioning
Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Strength of America Award, and must be received no later than May 15. The PCFSN and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) are working together to honor high schools that represent the gold standard in strength and conditioning programs.
Previous Strength of America Award winners with PCFSN Executive Director Shellie Y. Pfohl.
The Strength of America Award recognizes superior achievement among high schools in four major categories: Supervision, Education, Program, and Facilities. The goal is to acknowledge those schools whose strength and conditioning programs exceed the recommended national standards published by the NSCA - the nation's only accredited strength and conditioning association..
Submissions are evaluated against the NSCA's guidelines for high school strength and conditioning program design and implementation, which are included in the application packet. Top programs are honored during the NSCA's National Conference Awards Banquet in early July and receive a certificate suitable for framing as well as a banner to be hung in the facility.
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*NEW SECTION!* Ask an Expert!
Do you have questions about fitness, nutrition or the President's Challenge?
This is your chance to get some answers!
Looking for nutrition information? Want some new ideas about improving your Youth Fitness Testing? Interested in more ideas for incorporating the Challenge into your school or workplace? Curious about ways to adapt exercises to fit your personal fitness level and abilities? Wanting to learn about health and fitness geared toward older Americans? Have concerns about weight loss or calorie consumption? Trying to determine energy expenditure for various activities?
Now is the time to find out! Submit your questions along with your name by clicking on the link below, and in an upcoming issue we will supply comprehensive answers from our Science Board. The board's members are leading scholars in physical activity, health, sports, and nutrition.Learn more about the Science Board's members.
Submit your question by clicking here.
Your question and its response will then be featured in future issues of FIF.
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Upcoming Events and Deadlines
May 10, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building
This meeting of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is open to the public and will include the announcement of Board of Directors of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. RSVP by May 6 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant Deadline
Your school could receive $100,000 to $750,000. Learn more or submit your application today.
Youth Fitness Expo
This FREE Expo offers an interactive experience for youth and their families. Known and new ideas will be showcased to inspire and enhance youth health and fitness. Free sport bag for the first 500 youth, giveaways of summer camps, and much more! Visit www.youth-fitness-expo.com or Facebook: YouthFitnessExpo for more details.
National Center for Safe Routes to School Mini-grants Deadline
May 18, 2011
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. The mini-grants will fund creative, youth-focused activities that meet a school's needs and interests around safe walking and rolling to school. Funded activities may range from foundational efforts that start or sustain a program to new ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe walking and bicycling. Eligible activities will occur at an elementary or middle school in Fall 2011 and will support the overall goal of Safe Routes to School programs ─ to enable and encourage children nationwide to safely walk and bicycle to school. Recipients will be notified by Monday, June 6, 2011. Learn more or apply.
Deadline for Early Bird Registration for the 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference
Early bird registration ($300) and call for presentations are now open for the 3rd Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Conference August 16 - 18, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN. Whatever your experience level with SRTS, you're invited to attend this dynamic conference, advance your important work and build the connections-in your schools, on your streets and in your communities. Learn more or register.
ACSM Annual Meeting
May 31 - June 4
Olympic Day Celebrations
June 18 - 26
It's not too early to begin planning Olympic Day celebrations in your local parks and recreation programs! From June 18-26, 2011, communities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day through educational programming and other activities. The goal of Olympic Day is to promote Olympic values and participation in sports across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. Register to Host an Olympic Day!
This year host your very own Olympic Day celebration and support fitness and well-being in your community! To help you stage a memorable Olympic Day in your city, the USOC will provide the following complimentary services and resources:
- Assistance in contacting a local Olympian, Paralympian or hopeful to speak at your event
- Your own USO
- Host toolkit that will provide you with everything you need to host your very own Olympic Day celebration and an account representative to assist you in planning your event
For any questions about Olympic Day and NRPA, please contact Shelley O'Brien. For additional information specifically on Olympic Day, please visit the Olympic Day website or contact Keith Bryant at 719.866.4535.
Get ready for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
Sponsored by the PCFSN, this national health observance is the perfect time to promote physical activity. Take a look at the May 2011 toolkit offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to see how you can take advantage of this observance to promote healthier, more active lifestyles.
The month offers a variety of opportunities to promote physical activity:
Additionally, the entire month is also Employee Health and Fitness Month, as sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) and ACTIVE life.
Also, take a peek at our guide in the Get Active section to see how you can literally "get active" in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sport Month!
Be the one in one million!
Sign up today to help us meet our Million PALA. Every person counts, so encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to join in as well! Those who earn their PALA will have access to a free, limited-edition e-certificate. Award winners can fill in their name and date on the certificate before printing. Encourage schools in your area to host a Box Tops for Education Family Fitness Night as a fun way to help students and their families earn their PALA!
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