Presidential Youth Fitness Program adopts the FITNESSGRAM assessment

Physical activity is critical to children’s health and well-being. Research shows that children with better health are in school more days, are better able to learn, have higher self-esteem and are at lower risk for developing chronic diseases. In an effort to help get kids moving, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is launching the Presidential Youth Fitness Program this month. The new school-based program will replace the President’s Council Youth Fitness Test, which has been implemented in schools since 1985.

Although the President’s Council Fitness Test evolved through the years, that test used physical fitness data from a 1985 National School Population Fitness Survey. The test only measured how students performed certain activities compared to peers and reported little about students’ actual health.

Based on the latest science, the PCFSN has teamed up with leaders in the fields of physical education, fitness, and health including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and The Cooper Institute to launch the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, a voluntary school-based program that promotes health and regular physical activity for America’s kids.

“Schools can play a critical role in inspiring a love of physical activity,” says Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition. “There is a growing body of evidence that suggests a link between physical activity and improved academic success.”

Read the full press release here.