President Obama has signed an executive order that changed the name of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and also broadened the organization’s mission to include the promotion of healthier eating.
The change was made in part to support Let’s Move (www.letsmove.gov), First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to battle childhood obesity. Launched in February, Let’s Move is establishing partnerships among government leaders, members of the medical and science communities, business leaders, educators, athletes and community organizations.
“This year we’re expanding the work of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to include not just a focus on active lifestyles, but on healthy eating, too,” Mrs. Obama said in statement issued by the White House on June 23. “The Council will play an important role in our effort to help combat childhood obesity in this country and I am grateful to the athletes, chefs, doctors and nutrition experts who are volunteering their time on the Council to help make a difference.”
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (www.fitness.gov) is a committee of volunteer citizens who work through the Secretary of Health and Human Services to advise the President on ways to develop physical activity programs and nutrition programs.
The Council also promotes the President’s Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards program (www.presidentschallenge.org), which encourages adults to do 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and encourages kids to do 60 minutes per day.
The president also named its new rooster of council members, including gymnast Dominique Dawes, ice skater Michelle Kwan and tennis legend Billie Jean King.