The President's Challenge is a fitness award program for school age children in the United States. The original Presidential Physical Fitness Award began in 1966. Over the years the program has recognized the fitness activities of millions of youth. Now called the President's Challenge, it includes four separate programs, which are detailed below.
New Fitness Test
From 2013, the Presidential Physical Fitness Test is to be gradually phased out and replaced by the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP). The PYFP makes use of the FITNESSGRAM® assessment program, which focuses on health and lifelong physical activity. This new test still includes sprints, push-ups and pull-ups, but now also includes body fat and body mass measurements. There is also a change in the focus of results - certificates and other awards recognize personal gains, instead of focusing on competition. For details of the new test, see the FitnessGram program.
The Old Program
- Active Lifestyle Program - This award encourages both students and adults to include activity in their everyday lives.
- Health Fitness Test - This award encourages students to achieve a healthy level of fitness, and is offered as an alternative to the traditional Physical Fitness Test. The Health Fitness Award is awarded to those who reach qualifying standards in each of five events: partial curl-ups, one-mile run/walk, v-sit (or sit and reach), right angle push-ups (or pull-ups, flexed-arm hang), and Body Mass Index.
- Physical Fitness Test -
This Test promotes a basic level of fitness among students, through performances in five physical fitness tests: curl-ups or partial curl-ups, shuttle run, endurance run/walk, pull-ups (right angle push-ups, flexed-arm hang), and V-sit (sit and reach). Three awards are offered:
- The Presidential Physical Fitness Award - which recognizes students who achieve an outstanding level of physical fitness (> 85th percentile).
- The National Physical Fitness Award - for students who demonstrating a basic level of physical fitness (> 50th percentile).
- The Participant Physical Fitness Award - to recognize the participation of other students (< 50th percentile on one or more events).
- Presidential Champions Program - This award challenges students and adults to reach a high level of activity and fitness.
In initial version of the Presidents Test from 1957 included pullups, situps, the standing broad jump, the shuttle run, the 50-yard dash, the softball throw, and the 600-yard run. This was the foundation of the test for many years, though small changes were made over time.
- about the FitnessGram® assessment program
- curl-ups or partial curl-ups
- shuttle run
- endurance run/walk
- pull-ups or right angle push-ups or flexed arm hang
- V-sit or sit & reach
- Body Mass Index
- see other Fitness Testing Awards
- poll: What age is appropriate to start fitness testing children?
- more about Fitness Testing Children.