The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Physical activity is critical to our children’s health and well-being. Research shows that children with better health are in school more days, are better able to learn, have higher self-esteem and are at lower risk for developing chronic diseases. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program helps physical educators assess, track, and recognize youth fitness and physical activity, helping to build a healthier generation that is set up for success from day one.

Forged from a first-of-its-kind partnership, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program emphasizes the value of being active—in school and for a lifetime. It supports physical educators following the national standards and grade-level outcomes for physical education that are designed to develop physically literate individuals.

PYFP is a free, voluntary program that focuses on three areas:

  • Professional development
  • A health-related fitness assessment using FitnessGram
  • Motivational recognition to empower students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle

The Presidential Youth Fitness Program has replaced the President’s Challenge Youth Fitness Test to emphasize the role of schools in promoting the health and well-being of ALL students.

Grant funding for resources are available to schools that apply and meet certain eligibility guidelines. For more information or to apply for school funding, visit