Then, this got me to thinking about another grade school classic, although this was a record: Go You Chicken Fat Go! (Thank you President Kennedy!)
"alright girls....you're in this too! Arms overhead, flop. COME ON girls!"
A little history about this song and the President's Council on Youth Fitness.
On July 16, 1956, President Eisenhower established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness.
One million schoolchildren took part in Council sponsored pilot projects to test children's fitness levels.
Go You Chicken Fat Go was commissioned by John F. Kennedy for his new Youth Fitness Program. In 1961 a copy of this record was sent to every school in the U.S. with the idea that it would be played over the P.A. every morning while students did calisthenics. I remember doing this in gym class.
I remember going outside in the spring to participate/compete in these activities.
In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson established the Presidential Physical Fitness Award for exceptional achievement. It was originally administered by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The award recognized children in good academic standing who scored in the upper 15th percentile on activities such as a softball throw, a broad jump, a 50-yard dash, and a 600-yard walk/run.
And to think I started thinking about/remembering this stuff because the Go You Chicken Fat Go song started running through my head!
There is still a President’s Council on Youth Fitness active today - we just don't hear much about it. It has also grown to encompass adults as well.
In July of 2003 President Bush and launched www.presidentschallenge.org, the Council’s interactive physical activity and fitness online program. The new President’s Challenge offered an award for active lifestyles (PALA) and for points logged toward earning medals (Presidential Champions award). The more than 100 activities included in the program range from traditional sports and activities, such as walking, running, swimming, baseball and soccer, to yoga, tai chi, dancing, housework, and gardening.
But nothing will EVER measure up to Go You Chicken Fat Go!! :-)
Now you know....