Presidential Youth Fitness Program evaluation to be conducted by The University of Texas at Austin KHE faculty, Drs. Castelli, Duncan Cance, and Bartholomew
Since 1966, school-aged children have been recognized for their accomplishments in physical fitness testing as part of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program [PYFP]. Recently the program has adopted the FITNESSGRAM© as the primary assessment to help children reach personal fitness goals for lifelong health. Regular participation in physical activity increases and maintains physical fitness, yet many children fall short of meeting the guidelines for physical activity engagement of at least 60 minutes per day. A proposal submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Drs. Darla Castelli, Jessica Duncan Cance, and John Bartholomew was awarded funding for three years. Their work will evaluate the effectiveness of the three pillars of PYFP (physical fitness assessment, teacher professional development, and incentives for achievement.
The research team will gather data to determine the presence and impact of the implementation of PYPF on teachers and student physical fitness. (Bill) Kohl, III, who is a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition will serve as an advisor on the project. Several graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education will also be involved.