The Foundation is proud to lead national programs and initiatives designed to prepare children for a lifetime of health and fitness. Through grant opportunities, professional development and thought-leadership, our investment in effective programming helps to drive local and national impact in youth fitness and physical education.
Physical education is the most evidenced-based solution to get students active today and fit for life. At the heart of the Foundation is the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the national model for fitness education and assessment in schools.
Established in 2012 , the program modernized fitness education in school physical education classrooms by emphasizing student health, goal setting, and personal progress.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program drives excellence in physical education by providing free access to high quality resources, including:
Accredited training for physical educators
The national youth fitness assessment standards
Student & school recognition items
Grants for equipment, professional development, recognition & more!
Through available in-person and online training options, fitness education champions can receive program tools, best practices & implementation tactics.
The Foundation champions the development of physical education classrooms where all students have the opportunity to engage in activities that will help them be fit and active for life. Considering that youth with disabilities are 4.5 times less active than youth without disabilities, there is an urgent need for inclusive practices and strategies in the physical education classroom.
Through an Inclusive Health Innovation Grant from Special Olympics International, the Foundation has developed web-based resources that provide physical educators nationwide with instructional strategies to improve the engagement of students with disabilities and intellectual disabilities (ID) These resources emphasize inclusion in fitness education through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.