President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition

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The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is an American government organization that aims to "promote, encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sports".[ citation needed ] It is part of the Office of Public Health and Science, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to June 2010, it was called the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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During the 1940s, the American Medical Association and the National Committee on Physical Fitness had a joint committee encouraging physical fitness. [1]

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The President's Council on Youth Fitness was founded on July 16, 1956, to encourage American children.[ citation needed ]

In 1963, President Kennedy changed the council's name to President's Council on Physical Fitness to reflect its role to serve all Americans.[ citation needed ]

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, the name of which was later changed to President's Challenge Youth Physical Fitness Awards Program. In 1968, the council's name was changed to President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to emphasize the importance of sports in life.[ citation needed ]

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In 1972, the Presidential Sports Award Program was created.[ citation needed ]

In 1983, the United States Congress declared May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

In 1996, the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health was released. In 1997, the Council released its report on Physical Activity and Sport in the Lives of Boys.[ citation needed ]

In June 2010, President Barack Obama renamed the agency the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, with a new emphasis on nutrition as an element of fitness. [2] First Lady Michelle Obama announced the new commission's goal "to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation" and also announced that the president had named, as the new co-chairs of the council, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes. [3] [4]

On January 11, 2012, operators of the website for participants of the Challenge and Active Lifestyle programs learned that the site had been hacked, resulting in the release of personal information of the participants. [5] The President's Challenge site displayed a notice that it was down for "Site Maintenance – We're taking a little breather." [6] On January 20, 2012, the site was modified to explain the hacking. [7] On January 27, 2012, The President's Challenge sent out emails to its participants saying that the website was functional as of January 24, 2012, and asked participants to reset their user passwords. [8] [9]

Notable members

George Allen served as chairman from 1981 to 1988. PCPFSChairmanGeorgeAllen-81-87.jpg
George Allen served as chairman from 1981 to 1988.


The Council publishes guidelines for awards that are given out. They are the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, the National Physical Fitness Award, and the Participant Physical Fitness Award. However, it has been announced that the Physical Fitness Test on which these awards are based will no longer be available after the 2012–2013 school year. [16] Additionally, there is the Active Lifestyle Award for staying active [17] and the Presidential Champions Award for raising one's amount of activity. [18] The Champions awards ended on 30 June, 2018. [19]

Standardized tests

The award was given to students who achieved the top fifteenth percentile cumulative scores across these events and were based on age/gender and were taken by all participants. Pull ups/flexed-arm hang was based on gender and was the only event where one was done by boys and the other by girls: [20]

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  2. Executive Order – President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Archived 2010-06-26 at the Wayback Machine , White House press release, June 23, 2010.
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  7. "We apologize for the site maintenance. We will be back up soon". The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  8. Important Security Information [ dead link ]
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-05-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. "Physical Fitness Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  17. Active Lifestyle Award Archived 2013-04-23 at the Wayback Machine
  18. Presidential Champions Aware Archived 2013-04-23 at the Wayback Machine
  19. SuperTracker will be discontinued on June 30, 2018.