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The Presidents Challenge 
Sep. 26, 2011 8:26 am 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2011 5:02 pm
The Presidents Challenge was established in the presidency of President Eisenhower as a tool to assist in the education of physical fitness. Today, it is administered by Indiana University and offers everyone a method of keeping track of their physical activity. The program offers awards as each level of fitness is achieved. Whether or not you want an award is optional.

I have been keeping track of my fitness activity with this program and only recently have I been able to progress to a higher level of fitness. At the end of each day, I enter my activity and accrue points toward completion of that level. I found it easy to keep myself motivated just because I had this tool.

Of course, a participant can lie through the activity but that person is only fooling himself. Anybody hearing the lie will be able to readily tell from the persons lack of ability to perform.

Last Saturday, “The Presidents Active Lifestyle Award” (PALA from here on) changed its program to include nutrition as part of fitness. Weekly nutritional goals are established as part of weekly activity. The program is now being called “PALA+”.
Here’s an excerpt from the email they sent to me.
Participants have their choice of eight healthy eating goals, from eating more fruits and vegetables to choosing smaller portions.
The first week, they'll select one healthy eating goal to focus on. Each week, they'll add one new goal while maintaining their goals from the previous weeks.
The physical activity goals stay the same: 30 minutes per day for adults and 60 minutes per day for kids and teens, at least five days a week.
When participants accomplish both their healthy eating and physical activity goals for six out of eight weeks, they'll earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award!
The PALA program is offered free. You bear no costs, you will not be spammed, there is no expensive “upgrade” and Jillian Michaels won’t be yelling and swearing at you. You’ll find the program easy and accommodating to your lifestyle.

And for our non- USA members: The program is equally available to them, as well.
I use tyle="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif'">All Recipes for my menu choices, The Presidents Challenge to keep track of my fitness activity and Microsoft Health Vault to keep track of my vitals. The combination is working very well, for me.

Sep. 26, 2011 10:17 am
Thank you for sharing this information.
Sep. 26, 2011 3:34 pm
Hi Mike! When I was in 7th grade I earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. I think I'll check this out and see if I can get myself motivated. Best of luck to you!
Sep. 26, 2011 5:07 pm
You took me straight back to elementary school! We participated when the program was revolutionary and we did do well. Our exercise was based on the Canadian Air Force plan anyone else remember squat thrusts?
Sep. 26, 2011 6:24 pm
Thanks, Mike. Great information. (We are not very far from Bloomington, IU main campus. Great school!) I just may sign up for their program fitness and nutrition guidelines.
Sep. 26, 2011 7:57 pm
Cool! I always learn something from you. I think I got the fitness and nutrition under control now can you teach me something about the blasted computer? UGH! HAL gave me fits today while trying to post a new blog. I got her there after 10 hours of working at it. I didn't exercise today because of that and I bet I pay tonight. Seems I always sleep better after a day of activity vs sitting in a chair.
Sep. 27, 2011 12:56 pm
You're welcome, Marie. Maybe, it can help!
Sep. 27, 2011 12:58 pm
Thanks, Mother Ann! Maybe you'll find yourself taking those aerobic walks, shortly!
Sep. 27, 2011 1:16 pm
Hi, BSM! If the squat thrusts you remember are the same ones I remember then, you have reminded me of a nightmare. We had RCAF Physical training when I was in basic military training. I think the RCAF had the program designed just to hear the Americans whine about the pain! We were even given a pamphlet of Isometric Exercises that we were required to do after duty hours. They were more of a bother that anything else. A couple of years later I was with a sergeant of the RCAF and I told him of the program and he said he had never heard of it!
Sep. 27, 2011 1:19 pm
Good luck with the program, Mamaw! I have to check out the nutrition part, myself. Nutrition has been the most difficult thing to include in my workouts.
Sep. 27, 2011 1:23 pm
Better sleep is a benefit of exercising, Cat. I had trouble yesterday with this post. I finally resigned myself to the funny stuff at the beginning and end. None of it shows in edit mode. For a few years I thought it was a matter of interpretaion because I was using the less popular WordPerfect. Now, I'm using Word and the same stuff is still happening.
Sep. 29, 2011 7:18 pm
Mike, I was just checking out your blog on physical fitness and noticed your pictures of the yellow plane and the helicopter...and I saw where you are from. Our daughter lives in Hudsonville, Mi and ever since the AirZoo opened, I have been taking my grandkids there every time we come to visit. We love going there and learning of all the air and naval history in that area. Your pictures look familiar like those we have seen in the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo area. We love visiting in Michigan.. it has something for everyone.
Sep. 30, 2011 4:30 am
Hi, sivergal!Our daughte lives in Holland and frequents Hudsonville. We haven't been there yet but we have heard some very nice things about it. ... The air zoo just opened a new 50,000 square feet. I'll be going there next week to check it out. ... I was closely associated with the SR71 when I was in the USAF and I couldn't believe the news when I heard it was decommissioned. Most of its missions (or the results of those missions)remain confidential or secret to this day- that's how important it was.
Oct. 3, 2011 5:02 pm
"Mike! When I was in 7th grade I earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award" Me to, back in the early 70's, now look at me.
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
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Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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