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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back to School Fitness

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators has just announced the launch of a new Back to School website with numerous resources for K-12 health and physical education teachers.
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Join the President’s Council (@FitnessGov), Athletes for Hope (@Ath4Hope), and other Let’s Move! Active Schools partners to increase awareness of physical activity and physical education in schools!

It's time to add the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) to your lesson plans for the year! PYFP is the new health-based fitness assessment program powered by SHAPE America, FitnessGram, and the President’s Challenge that has replaced the traditional President’s ChallengePresidential Youth Fitness Award Youth Fitness Test. It offers age appropriate, relevant standards for your students in categories such as:
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Body Composition
  • Abdominal Strength and Endurance
  • Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
  • Upper Body Strength and Flexibility
  • Flexibility
Studies show that students who lead active lives have higher attendance in school, perform better academically, and even have higher self-esteem than students who are less active. So, make sure your students stay moving this year by introducing PYFP! This exciting new program also gives your students the opportunity to win awards for meeting the standards! Any student who falls into the Healthy Fitness Zone in at least 5 testing categories is eligible to receive the new Presidential Youth Fitness Award! Visit

PYFP Fitness Club is just the program to get younger K-3 students excited about being active! The Fitness Club program is a modified version of PYFP that is focused on helping younger students learn how to perform the tests correctly and have fun while doing it! Your students will learn the benefits of an K–3 PYFP Fitness Club Kitactive lifestyle while learning how to do tests, such as:
  • Powerful PACER
  • Balanced Body Composition
  • Terrific Trunk Lift
  • Perfect Push-up
  • Stretchy Sit and Reach
And, don’t forget about the awards! By successfully completing these tests, your K-3 kids can earn a special, colorful certificate that crowns their

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