President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

      The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is an American government organization that aims to "promote, give confidence and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sports".

History

       The President's Council on Youth Fitness was founded on 16 July 1956 to encourage American children to be healthy and active kids, after a study indicating that American youths are less physically fit than European kids, by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy then distorted its title to President's Council on Physical Fitness to reflect its role to serve all Americans.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, name of which was afterward changed to President's Challenge Youth Physical Fitness Awards Program. In 1968, its title was changed to President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to highlight the importance of sports in life.

In 1972, the Presidential Sports Award Program was formed.

In 1983, the Congress declared May "National Physical Fitness and Sports Month".

In 1996, the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health was released.

In 1997, the PCPFS released its statement on Physical Activity and Sport in the Lives of Girls.

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