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Presidential Challenge Program Encourages Fitness

One local school put their sixth graders to the test with a youth fitness assessment.

A youth fitness assessment continues to challenge and condition students in thousands of schools around the United States. One local school put their sixth graders to the test.

What began years ago under former President Eisenhower in 1956 continues today. The Presidential Challenge encourages fitness beyond the school gym and Physical Education class.

“Well, the presidential challenge is just a test that we have done each of the last several years. I feel that it’s a pretty good support to the things that we do in class, and it just tests kids over different categories to kind of let them self-assess where they’re at, in terms of physical fitness.”

Physical Education Teacher Lance Fox says this year ten students received the Presidential award. Some areas of concentration are: chin ups, sit ups, and a shuttle run. Ultimately, eliminating poor health and finding activities students enjoy while also improving activity levels is the focus.

“It’s just a matter of doing activities, which is kind of the upswing that we’re doing with life-long fitness activities. So I just try to provide a wide variety of activities. Anything that is going to help kids move more and do more things and find some things that they’re going to like to do for a life time instead of just, you know till they’re 18.”

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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