Fit Explorer Partners

    Wellness Initiative

    On June 30, 2004, the President signed Public Law 108-265, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Section 204. Each local educational agency participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006.

    The NASA Fit Explorer Project may assist with your local Wellness Initiative by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity with students who are training like an astronaut! Follow this link to find out more about the Wellness Initiative.

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    President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

    The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is an advisory committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services about physical activity, fitness, and sports in America. Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, the Council serves as a catalyst to promote health, physical activity, fitness, and enjoyment for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through participation in physical activity and sports.

    www.fitness.gov is the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information Web site of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. You can find out about the Council and its work, view publications, and link to the resources of other government agencies as well as to health and fitness organizations.

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    President's Challenge

    The President's Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President's Challenge can help motivate you to improve. Start earning Presidential awards for your daily physical activity and fitness efforts.

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    National Space Biomedical Research Institute

    The National Space Biomedical Research Institute was established in 1997 and is a nonprofit academic research consortium, operating under a cooperative agreement with NASA. NSBRI leads a science and technology program to develop countermeasures, or solutions, to the health-related problems and physical and psychological challenges that men and women will face on long-duration spaceflights and during lunar and Mars missions. NSBRI's education program covers a variety of activities from kindergarten to independent investigator, including curriculum and teacher professional development, undergraduate and graduate education, and postdoctoral fellowships.

    Certain activities used in Fit Explorer were adapted from NSBRI's Muscles and Bones Activities Guide for Teachers. The guide can be downloaded from the Web site. Muscles and Bones offers teachers ten activities that help students understand how the body's muscles and bones work.

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