Fitness Web Sites

The President's Challenge
The President's Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program (The President's Challenge), a program of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, is designed to motivate all Americans to become and stay physically active on a regular basis. Well known for the physical fitness test, the President's Challenge recently expanded its Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) and initiated a new Presidential Champions program. The PALA recognizes children (ages 6-18) for being active at least 60 minutes per day five days/week and adults/seniors for being active at least 30 minutes per day five days/week for a period of six weeks. The Presidential Champions program is for those individuals who are already active and looking for more of a challenge as they work towards earning presidential recognition. Aside from providing an on-line activity log and other information for the general public, educators and youth leaders can download information on how to implement and use these programs directly from the website.
 
The Longevity Game
Play the Longevity Game and calculate how long you can expect to live based on life insurance industry research. This would be a great supplement to a lesson dealing with "wellness" issues to stress the importance of changing behaviors to support a healthy lifestyle.
Fitness Partner Connection
In addition to the Fitness library that provides visitors with a variety of short articles about health and physical activity, tips for purchasing fitness equipment, etc., this site provides an enormous amount of links to Health and physical activity links that may prove beneficial to a PE teacher. Lastly, they have provided an Activity Calorie Calucular which allows the visitor to type in weight and duration of activity and it will instantly tell you how many calories are burned off for a lot of physical activities. You may want to print this off and post somewhere in your gym (be aware that one of the activities they list is "sex" so you may want to cover this up). You will need a current version of a Web browser to do this however.
National Association for Health and Fitness
The National Association for Health and Fitness, the Network of State and Governor's Councils, is proud to introduce "GET AMERICA ON ITS FEET!" - a national initiative that will provide support to states and local communities in the areas of obesity prevention, worksite wellness, and independent living for active, older adults. In addition, you can learn about programs like Everybody Matters and Lets get Physical 2001. There is a Physical Activity Calculator that is cool too!
Project Fit America
Project Fit America (PFA) is a national non-profit public charity dedicated to getting kids fit. PFA donates to schools, grades K-12, fully funded cardiovascular health and lifetime fitness education programs. Formed in 1990 as a (501) (c) (3) corporation, PFA donates 75 cents of each dollar received to schools for the sole purpose of developing exemplary model schools for cardiovascular health and fitness. You can learn about this program and its successes at this site.
The National Association of Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports (NAGCPFS)
The National Association of Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports (NAGCPFS) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports, and healthy lifestyles. You can learn more about this organization and also get information about the National Employee Health and Fitness Program.
Active2010
Active2010 is part of a movement across Ontario to decrease the number of people who are physically inactive. It provides new initiatives for implementation in seven key settings - communities, homes, schools, workplace, the recreation system, the sport system, and the health system.
Physical Activity and Children Knowledge Path
The knowledge path offers a guide to all that we have on our Web site on the topic and selected electronic and print resources found elsewhere. It features a new publication, Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity, which provides developmentally appropriate supervision to promote physical activity for infancy through adolescence. Also identified in the knowledge path are Web sites, electronic publications, databases, organization lists, project descriptions and bibliographies selected for high-quality information. It is aimed at health professionals, policymakers, educators, coaches, and families who are interested in tracking current information on this topic, and it will be updated regularly so that it remains timely.
Stretching and Flexibility - How to Stretch
This site informs you all about the proper ways to warm up and stretch.
Iskip.com
Iskip.com is a website dedicated to bringing the joys of childhood back into our lives. We believe that our world will be a much happier place if as adults we can find ways to let the silly kid in us come out to play more often. We believe that skipping is a great form of exercise because it raises your heart rate and your spirits. We are working to do away with the unspoken rule that says adults don't skip and are encouraging everyone to add more "random acts of playfulness" to their lives.
 
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