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The President’s Challenge


Along with keeping a food journal, also keep an exercise journal. There are many places to go on the internet to track your progress. Also there are bands to wear to track your progress that allows you to upload to your phone or computer. I like the simple President’s Challenge which can be found at

The President’s Challenge is good for anyone or any group at any age who wishes to become stronger and healthier via increased physical activity and healthy eating. It is an eight week tracking program that works well for beginners, athletes, and instructors.

There are physical fitness tests that you can take to determine your fitness that includes:

  • Aerobic fitness
  • Muscular strength and endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Body composition

There is a challenge for people who are just beginning physical activity and improving their eating habits (Presidential Active Lifestyle Award). At the end of eight-weeks you receive a printable certificate that will record your journey.

  • Minimum physical activity for adults is 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks or you can count daily activity steps using a pedometer to reach at least 8,500.
  • Minimum physical activity for children is 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks or you can count your daily activity steps using a pedometer to reach at least 12,000.

There are eight healthy eating goals to choose from; choosing a different one each week to add to already chosen ones. There are challenges for people who are already active but want to challenge themselves more (Presidential Champions).

The goal is to be more active more often and see how many points you can earn. Points are based on the amount of energy each activity burns. The more points you earn, the sooner you’ll reach the point total required for your desired award: 40,000 points for bronze, 90,000 for silver, 160,000 for gold, and a whopping 1 million for platinum. There’s no time limit to earn your points, and you can choose from a variety of fun activities to get your points for the day.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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