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The Newly Unveiled Presidential Youth Fitness Program American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance UpdatePLUS Editor and Graphic Designer: Linda Bradshaw Lbradshaw@aahperd.org Executive Editor: Paula Kun PKun@aahperd.org Contributing Staff Writer: Laura Strecker Lstrecker@aahperd.org Advertising Manager: 800.213.7193 x468, advertise@aahperd.org Ideas for content submissions may be sent elec-tronically for review to the Editor. F UpdatePLUS (ISSN 0199-932X) is published six times a year by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1599. Phone: (703) 476-3400; Fax: (703) 476-9527. UpdatePLUS , a project of the Alliance, goes to all members ($4 of annual dues is for UpdatePLUS ). The Alliance does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. 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Wiedow, President-Elect Brad Strand, North Dakota State University, Past President (&#11;&#03;3DXO&#03;5RHWHUW&#0f;&#03;&KLHI&#03;([HFXWLYH&#03;2IÀ &#03;FHU 2 UPDATE PLUS November/December 2012

The Newly Unveiled Presidential Youth Fitness Program

For the first time in 50 years children's fitness will be assessed in a new way that emphasizes health and goal setting over athletic performance. This school year is officially the last year of the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test. A new era in youth fitness assessment has begun! The recently released new Presidential Youth Fitness Program is intended to be a positive experience for all children because they will be compared only to their own personal best in a safe and confidential environment, and it provides physical education teachers with the necessary tools they need to help optimize every child's health and well-being.<br /> <br /> Launched by the President's Council's on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN), the new Presidential Youth Fitness Program has been designed by AAHPERD, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and The Cooper Institute for the greater good of children's health. First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the new program last month on the Dr. Oz and Rachel Ray Shows. The goal is no longer to identify who in the class is the fastest or the strongest. Rather it is to identify for students, their parents and physical education teachers ways in which each child is healthy and areas that they may need improvement. By achieving a level of physical fitness children are less likely to develop high blood pressure, heart disease and/or diabetes. Increased levels of physical fitness and physical activity are also linked to increased academic achievement.<br /> <br /> It is a voluntary program that includes a health-related assessment, as well as educational and motivational tools, to support physical education teachers and empower our students to adopt an active lifestyle. There are also important communications to parents. Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, wants to see 90,000 schools using FITNESSGRAM as the standard test to assess your child's health-related level of physical fitness by2018.<br /> <br /> Led by the President's Council, each of the partners contributes to the three-core areas that make up the program:<br /> <br /> • FITNESSGRAM, provided by The Cooper Institute, will measure health-related components of fitness: aerobic capacity, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition<br /> • Professional development and educational materials, led by AAHPERD, will help physical educators safely and effectively implement the program and<br /> • The recognition and awards will be administered by AAU.<br /> <br /> CDC will provide guidance on the program's evaluation, and over time, longer term tracking of youth fitness and health.<br /> <br /> The partners' goal was to create one comprehensive school-based program for America's youth that focused on the promotion of physical activity and fitness for improved health.<br /> <br /> From AAHPERD's perspective, we want to help every physical education teacher in this country to do three things:<br /> <br /> • Help children and their parents to understand the health-related fitness outcomes and to assist in the development of individual fitness plans.<br /> • Keep fitness in a positive mode, so children's individual fitness scores will not be used as criterion for grading in physical education class and will be confidential between the teacher, student and parent.<br /> • Thirdly, we will create materials and work with physical education teachers so that they have the necessary tools that they need to help optimize children's health.<br /> <br /> Among its contributions to the new program, AAHPERD is coordinating free webinars. Dr. Jayne Greenberg of Miami Dade County Public Schools lead the September webinar called "Presidential Youth Fitness Program 101: Understanding the Basics." Over 400 people participated. This was the first of monthly free webinars about different aspects of the program that will be held this school year. All webinars will be archived. To register for the webinar, go to: www.presidentialyouthfitnessprogram.org.

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