Tell your secretary to clear your schedule. At 10 a.m., you now have an appointment with Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes — and the rest of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. If you can’t make it to the group’s annual meeting at the Verizon Center, tune in to the live webcast.
So what’s on the agenda? For starters, expect a recap of Monday’s event with the Entertainment Software Association that launched a new initiative encouraging people to get exercise while playing video games. “Kids are spending 7½ hours [a day] in front of some sort of screen,” says council executive director Shellie Pfohl. “We need to make that active screen time.”
Then, as you might expect from a group with so many Olympians, it’ll be awards time. There will be five lifetime achievement winners, as well as a tribute to fitness pioneer Bonnie Prudden, who died in December. “Her work was instrumental in sounding the alarm that children in the U.S. are not as fit as their European counterparts,” Pfohl says.
In keeping with Prudden’s work, the council will aim high for the future. Last year, first lady Michelle Obama challenged the council to have 1 million Americans earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), which is given to people who meet certain physical activity requirements. (They actually gave out 1.7 million.)
This year, they’re upping the difficulty by pushing PALA+, which adds nutritional goals. With a team co-chaired by Brees and Dawes, expect success: These folks don’t like to lose.