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The President's Challenge (www.presidentschallenge.>org)
is another set of challenges available for FREE.
Begun in the 1960s, it has been available for years.
(Presidential Fitness Award, Physical Fitness Test, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award - PALA, or Presidential Champions)
The Adult Fitness Test measures aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, & body composition.
PALA goals are 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 6 of 8 weeks (or 8,500 daily steps).

For the Champions Award, you earn activity points (sound familiar?) for a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum award.
- Submitted by DRB13_1 1/8/2011 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments
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PATTIMET 2/11/2011 9:10:00 AM

    I have the same issue, my kids I don't think could pass it either. Schools don't focus on physical education, here in Florida it's about passing a standardized test. Then everyone complains about obesity and eating - everyone looks the other way on exercise. I ate candy, drank soda, and ate lots of fried foods as a child, I was far from overweight as a child - I exercise and played enough that my eating did not effect my weight. I think schools should bring back some PE and stop diagnosing ADD in kids b/c they are asked to sit still at a desk all day. My oldest is in boy scouts - I'm thinking of bringing this up to the pack leader and see if we can do it as part of one of their challenges.
STRINGI719 1/9/2011 10:12:00 PM

    They used to use this to test our fitness when I was a child in elementary school. I read a Spark email about it the other week, and I asked my daughter to do sit-ups for me out of curiosity. Not only could she not do a single sit-up, which kinda terrified me, but she's never had to do any in PE in school the past 2 years. Huh???

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