In June 1956, President Eisenhower called for a President’s Conference on Fitness of American Youth to be held at the U.S. Naval Academy. This meeting led to the formation of the President’s Council on Youth Fitness, later renamed the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. The conference convened in response to a study showing that American children were not as fit as European children in tests of muscular strength and flexibility in the trunk and legs.
In June 2010, President Obama issued a Presidential Executive Order to change the Council’s name to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and expanded the mission of the Council to include nutrition. To learn more, go to www/hhs.gov/fitness/about-pcfsn/our-history/.