Dr. Gregory Heath, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and head of the Department of Health and Human Performance is asking the UTC community of students, faculty and staff for their participation as the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports launches the first National President’s Challenge—a six-week physical activity challenge to encourage Americans to be more active.
Joining the National President’s Challenge is easy and free. Everyone aged 6 and older is encouraged to be active five days a week for six weeks. To complete the Challenge, adults 18 and older need to be active 30 minutes a day, while youth aged 6-17 need to be active an hour a day.
Participants can set goals, log their activity, see their progress and challenge themselves to become healthier. They can also join as an individual or with a group—a great way to get friends, family and co-workers moving. When you register, be sure to use the UTC Group ID number: 69756 and Group Member ID/Name: UTC. To register, participants can go to www.presidentschallenge.org . See the President’s Challenge list of Frequently Asked Questions.
The state with the highest participation will be declared the national winner, and special recognition will be given to governors of the top five participating states.
“The National President’s Challenge is a great way for Americans of all ages and abilities to challenge themselves to become healthier and lead more active lives,” says Acting Surgeon General Steven Galson, M.D., M.P.H. “Physical activity is incredibly important for living well and living longer because it helps us maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones and reduce the risk of many serious diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.”
The President’s Challenge began in 1966 with the youth fitness test administered by schools. Today the program is something everyone can participate in, including youth, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities. This is the first time in its history that the President’s Council is issuing a challenge to all Americans to be active 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
“With obesity rates rising and more than 25 percent of Americans leading sedentary lives, it’s more important than ever for Americans to get active,” says Melissa Johnson, executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. “We hope that people across the country will rise to the challenge and join the nation in leading healthier, more active lives.”
Registration for the National President’s Challenge begins will conclude April 3. The Challenge kicks off March 20, the first day of spring, and concludes May 15 during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, giving participants eight weeks to complete the six-week program. For more information, read the FAQ.
About The Council
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) is an advisory committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services about physical activity, fitness and sports in America. The Office of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the HHS office containing the PCPFS Executive Director and support staff. Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and nonprofit sectors, the Office of the PCPFS serves as a catalyst to promote health, physical activity, fitness and enjoyment for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through participation in physical activity and sports. For more information about PCPFS please visit www.fitness.gov.