Go for the Gold!

Our family is rising to the challenge and we are going for the gold!

Perhaps it will reveal my age, but when I was in school, every year in P.E. we worked to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

I remember training to be able to do a certain number of sit-ups, chin-ups and be able to run a certain number of laps around the track in a given period of time. It was a big deal at the time and I still have the badges stored in a drawer somewhere in the house.

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports was established as the "President's Council on Youth Fitness" (long before I was born), on July 16, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower after he learned the results of a report indicating that American children were less fit than European youth.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy changed the name to the President's Council on Physical Fitness, expanded the mandate to all Americans as well as youth, and clarified the purpose and function of the Council.

Choose to Live Healthier!
Join the National President’s Challenge Today


The National President's Challenge is a six-week physical activity challenge that began on March 20, 2008 but you can still sign up until April 3. The program is designed to get America moving by encouraging participants to live healthier lives by finding things they really like to do.

Register for the Challenge before April 3, 2008
Be active and log your activity online
Ages 6-17: aim for at least 60 minutes of activity, 5 days a week.
Ages 18+: aim for at least 30 minutes of activity, 5 days a week.

Stick to it! The National President’s Challenge ends on May 15th during
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. You have eight weeks to
complete the six week Challenge.

Join as a Family! The Challenge lets you choose from almost 100 different activities, so you’re sure to find at least one you enjoy.

At the end of the challenge, you can order a badge and certificate (or if you qualify, you can go for the bronze, silver or gold!)

Our family has decided to sign up for the National President’s Challenge and we encourage you to do the same. It is a great way to spend time together as a family and it is fun to see our progress online.

Start now. You will be happy you did. Take care of yourself. Spend time exercising with your family and remember to make time for chocolate.