From staff reports
Garner Elementary is one of the first schools to receive support to implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program through the program’s funding opportunity.
On June 1 Garner became one of 14 Texas schools selected to be funded for 2013-14 school year.
“Garner Elementary is proud to have been selected to receive this first round of funding,” said Superintendent Marion Ferguson. “We see this program as a positive step in promoting the health and well-being of our students and doing what we can to prepare them to be fit and ready to learn.”
Launched last fall by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, the national program promotes fitness and physical activity for the improved health of America’s youth.
With only about half of the nation’s youth achieving the recommended 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity, children are at greater risk for developing a variety of conditions and diseases due to physical inactivity. These risks include obesity, weak bones, anxiety and depression. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program aims to change these growing health concerns by providing physical educators with resources and tools to help students develop and maintain a physically active and fit lifestyle.
While the PYFP is free, there are supplemental elements that can be purchased to enhance the program experience for both physical educators and their students. This includes the Fitnessgram® software, virtual training courses for physical educators, and recognition items for students. Through the generous support of the General Mills Foundation, the Amateur Athletic Union, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and The Cooper Institute developed the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity to provide schools with the supplemental items to enhance their fitness experiences in the physical education classroom.
“Students nationwide need the chance to develop lifelong, healthy habits and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program can help schools do that in a fun and educational way,” said Program Director Jane Wargo. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
About the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Inaugural Funding Opportunity
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the result of a partnership among six organizations: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD); the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU): the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Cooper Institute: the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. In February 2013, the General Mills Foundation announced a six year $10 million dollar grant to support the implementation of the program in schools nationwide. The inaugural funding opportunity supports schools for three years by giving them access to the supplemental elements provided by The Cooper Institute, AAHPERD, and the President’s Challenge program, managed through a co-sponsorship agreement with the Amateur Athletic Union, to allow for a more robust program experience. During this time, educators will be encouraged to seek out ways to sustain the program after the funding period ends. This is not a government grant program and no federal funds are used for the development, rollout or implementation of the inaugural funding opportunity. For more information about the program, visit www.presidentialyouthfitnessprorgam.org
The primary purpose of this inaugural funding opportunity is to provide schools with support to facilitate implementation of and sustained participation in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Funds will be used to provide elements previously identified as supplemental to the free Presidential Youth Fitness Program. These elements include FITNESSGRAM® software (web-based version), virtual learning opportunities for professional development, and Presidential Youth Fitness Awards for students. A secondary outcome of this funding opportunity will be evaluation of the program through information submitted by participating schools.
About the Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Launched in September 2012, the mission of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is to offer a comprehensive school-based program that promotes physical activity and fitness for improved health of America’s youth. This voluntary program is the result of a partnership between the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Amateur Athletic Union and The Cooper Institute. For more information about the program, visit www.presidentialyouthfitnessprorgam.org
About the General Mills Foundation
The mission of the General Mills Foundation, celebrating 59 years of giving, is to nourish communities. Continuing its tradition of generous giving and global community support, General Mills contributed more than $143 million to charitable causes in fiscal year 2012. General Mills invests in and collaborates with community organizations and programs that focus on alleviating hunger and advancing nutrition wellness. In addition, 83 percent of U.S. employees volunteer. To learn more about the ways General Mills nourishes lives through philanthropy and community engagement, please join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GeneralMillsGives or visit us at GeneralMills.com/en/Responsibility/Community_Engagement.