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March 5, 2008 > National President's Challenge

National President's Challenge

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is launching the first National President's Challenge, a six-week physical activity challenge to encourage Americans to be more active. It kicks off Thursday, March 20, but registration has already begun and will end on Thursday, April 3.

"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," said 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."

Many people remember the Presidents' Challenge, which began in 1966, as the youth fitness test they did in school. The program is now 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.

Joining the National President's Challenge is easy and free. Everyone aged six 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 ages six to 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 and family or co-workers moving. Since the challenge is from Thursday, March 20, until Thursday, May 15, participants are given eight weeks to complete the six-week program.

To register for the National President's Challenge, visit

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