That’s the percentage of America’s elementary school kids who fail to achieve the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended 60 minutes of daily activity.
We are focusing on our nation's youth. We know that if children have the ability, confidence and desire to be active and healthy by age 12, they are more likely to develop fitness habits that last a lifetime.
How do we get there? The answer is Quality Physical Education (PE). PE is recommended by the CDC as the evidenced based solution to get students moving today and prepared for tomorrow. PE is the most effective way to improve student:
- Knowledge, attitudes & motivation towards health & fitness
- Physical activity participation
- Fitness levels
What’s the Risk?
Physical inactivity and obesity are major risk factors for cancer, heart disease, bone disease and depression.
If these numbers don’t improve, the CDC estimates that the combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases alone could increase by up to $66 billion per year by 2030.
What’s the Reward?
There are many benefits for children that lead active lifestyles.
Higher test scores and productivity
More likely to graduate high school and attend college
Improved mental health, mood and self-esteem
Lower healthcare costs and less disease
Despite these benefits, PE not a priority in our nation's schools. Unfortunately nearly 50% of students don’t have PE and the average school PE budget is less than $800. That's why we launched the Presidential Youth Fitness Program to provide desperately needed resources to schools & physical educators so they can empower students to be fit for life.