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President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to encourage American children to lead healthier and more active lives. Over the years, Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson expanded the Council's mandate, adding emphases on Americans of all ages and a prime focus on sports. Their Web site contains information about some of their most well-known programs, including the President's Sports and Fitness Awards and the President's Challenge. Also, many helpful publications for persons seeking to stay in shape are included here, such as "The Nolan Ryan Fitness Guide" and "Pep Up Your Life: A Fitness Book for Mid-life and Older Persons." Given the rising obesity rates among young people in the United States, guides designed specifically for this group are also offered, including "10 Tips to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity For You," and "Get Fit!: A Handbook for Youth Ages 6-17."
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