To Celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, the Foundation also Launches Revised Name & Logo
Washington, DC, May 3, 2017 – In recognition of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is proud to announce grants of $296,000 to support quality physical education in 254 schools across the country, including six entire districts. The 2017 funding recipients represent 39 states and 138,463 students, with 70% of schools serving children from low-income families. The schools will use the resources to implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the national model for student fitness education and assessment in schools.
Additionally, this summer the Foundation will train a cadre of 61 physical education leaders representing 34 states to serve as certified trainers for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. The trainings will be held June 12-13 in Atlanta, GA, June 29-30 in Seattle, WA, and July 13-14 in Boston, MA. Once certified, these trainers will be able to offer much needed professional development to physical educators across their state, preparing them to empower more students to be fit for life.
The Foundation also unveiled its revised name, "National Fitness Foundation,” and logo. As the only congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on health & fitness and official charity of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the Foundation is on a mission to accelerate solutions that prepare children for a lifetime of health & fitness. Building on the Council’s 60-year history of championing youth fitness and as the managing partner of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the Foundation is focused on ensuring that all students have access to quality physical education.
Physical education (PE) is proven to be the most evidenced based solution to get students active today and prepared for a lifetime of health & fitness. Unfortunately, PE is not a priority for many schools nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only 4% of elementary, 8% of middle, and 2% of high schools require daily PE or its equivalent for the entire school year.
“We believe that all Americans deserve a lifetime of health and fitness,” says Chris Watts, Executive Director, National Fitness Foundation, “When children learn the value of an active and healthy lifestyle at an early age, they are more prepared to reach their full potential in school and in life. That’s why we are focusing our efforts on quality physical education, so all students have the opportunity for lifelong health & fitness.”
Since 2014, the National Fitness Foundation has distributed more than $3.2 million in grants to 1,680 schools and trained over 3,000 physical educators to support implementation of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. In total, the free Program is used by more than 6,400 schools across all 50 states, impacting over 3.2 million students.
About the National Fitness Foundation
The National Fitness Foundation is the only congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on health & fitness. Established in 2010 as the official charity of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the Foundation uses public-private partnerships to accelerate solutions that prepare children for a lifetime of health & fitness. With the focus on ensuring that all students have access to quality physical education, the Foundation leads the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the nation’s model for fitness assessment and education in schools. For more information, visit fitness.foundation
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