Thursday, July 3, 2014

John F. Kennedy Pushes Physical Fitness Initiative

Cover of U.S. Physical Fitness Program

Pol Light Moment #72 is when John F. Kennedy announced his U.S. Physical Fitness Program for young people on July 19, 1961, and called for its promotion to public schools as an initiative for the 1961-1962 academic year.  John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961-1963.

The entire text of John F. Kennedy's speech on the U.S. Physical Fitness Program can be found on The American Presidency Project Website.

In his speech, John F. Kennedy said, "To members of school boards, school administrators, teachers, the pupils themselves, and their parents, I am directing this urgent call to strengthen all programs which contribute to the physical fitness of our youth (The American Presidency Project Website)."

There is more information on Kennedy's physical fitness initiatives on the John F. Kenndy Presidential Library and Museum Website. John F. Kennedy has been featured on other Pol Light posts. To view all John F. Kennedy posts search with John F. Kennedy label at Pol Light.

Quote Light: John F. Kennedy has a page on the Quote Light blog.

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Photo: The image of the cover of the U.S. Physical Fitness Program was obtained from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Website and is used here for informational purposes only.

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