The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), managed by the National Fitness Foundation, is the national model for fitness education and assessment in schools. The program was established in 2012 in order to promote health-related fitness and provide physical education programs with quality resources and tools to empower youth to be fit for life. The program provides schools with access to best practices, including:
- Training for physical educators
- The national youth fitness assessment standards
- Student & school recognition items
- Grants for equipment, professional development, recognition & more
The National Fitness Foundation administers the program's key initiatives, including grant opportunities and teacher training's, in order to prepare children for a lifetime of health and fitness. The Foundation collaborates with the program's founding partners, including the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Amateur Athltic Union, Interactive Health Technologies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and SHAPE America to support and advance fitness education and assessment practices.
The program's strength stems from the expertise and support of its partners.
Partners provide guidance on issues affecting the general direction of the program and provide resources to support the program’s mission and goals.
President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition:
President’s Council is a committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The PCSFN promotes healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports, and nutrition programs that engage Americans across their whole lifespans.
Amateur Athletic Union:
Amateur Athletic Union is the official non-profit that will take over the implementation of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Amateur Athletic Union offers amateur athletes and volunteers opportunities to develop to their highest level through a national and local network of sporting events.
National Fitness Foundation:
National Fitness Foundation is the official non-profit of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition and is on a mission to accelerate solutions that prepare children for a lifetime of health & fitness.
Interactive Health Technologies:
Interactive Health Technologies is the official software platform to collect and report Presidential Youth Fitness Program assessments. Interactive Health Technologies Spirit Assessment Measures software enables teachers to assess any fitness measure, capture results and store them for future use.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC works to protect public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decisions.
The largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, recreation, fitness, dance, health promotion, and all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle—provides its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of programs to help further the health and well-being of the American public.