National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Hosts State Leaders to Support Physical Education in Schools

National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Hosts State Leaders to Support Physical Education in Schools

Over $1 Million in Funding Provided to Support Implementation of Presidential Youth Fitness Program 

Minneapolis, MN, April 5, 2016 – The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is proud to announce the inaugural Presidential Youth Fitness Program Institute and opening the application period for its annual funding opportunity to support school-based physical education. 

The two-day Institute, held in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America, brought together physical education and public health leaders from eleven states to learn best practices for implementation of the Program. Participants were equipped with the training as well as $30,000 in resources to champion the Program in the schools and districts they serve. The states represented were California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.    

The annual funding opportunity was opened for public and private schools employing a certified physical education teacher on a full- or part-time basis.  Schools can apply for up to $2,000 in support in the form of resources that can enhance implementation of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

“The Foundation is proud to continue its support of physical education through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. These resources will help schools and physical educators get the tools they need to ensure all students have the ability, confidence, and desire to pursue a lifetime of fitness,” says Foundation Executive Director, Chris Watts.

In total, the announcements this week will provide more than $500,000 in resources to schools to support physical education programming and the development of healthy, active youth. Continued support provided to previous funding recipients of a multi-year grant brings the total amount of support for the Program by the Foundation to over $1 million for this year. Funding of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is made possible through a multi-year commitment from the General Mills Foundation totaling $10 million.

About the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is the only congressionally chartered nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that health & fitness remains a national priority. As the official charity of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the Foundation generates private sector support to scale national efforts that make fitness fun & accessible through programs & partnerships. Their current priority is the expansion of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, which is the nation’s youth fitness education & assessment program in schools, focused on student health and empowering the next generation of excellence in physical education. For more information, visit fitness.foundation

About the Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Launched in September 2012, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the nation’s fitness assessment and education program.  Its mission is to provide a model for fitness education that supports teachers and empowers students to adopt an active lifestyle. This voluntary program is the result of a partnership between the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, SHAPE America, and The Cooper Institute®. For more information, visit: www.pyfp.org.