Presidential Champions, a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition since 2003, is a physical activity awards program designed to motivate individuals to make regular physical activity a permanent part of a healthy, active lifestyle.
The program is all about motivating yourself to be physically active – logging your activities, and earning points as you do it. It’s a great program for youth (ages six and older) or adults who are already regularly active, or a great next step for those who have completed the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) and are looking for a long-term program.
In January 2017, the Presidential Champions program re-launched on SuperTracker, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food and activity tracking tool. Instructions on how to get started, program goals, and awards are provided below.
Individuals who participated in the program on the President’s Challenge website before August 2016 can follow an easy two-step process to resume earning points towards awards. Instructions on how to begin this process are available on SuperTracker.
How To Participate | Points & Goals | Awards | FAQs
How to Participate
Navigate to Presidential Champions on SuperTracker: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/PresidentialChampions.aspx
Anyone ages six and up is automatically participating in Presidential Champions. You can check your current program point total and award status by visiting SuperTracker’s Physical Activity Tracker. As a bonus, all physical activities you logged in the Physical Activity Tracker since August 10, 2016 have already been added to your point total. If you missed any recent activity, go back and log your activity to receive those points.
Logging physical activity in the Physical Activity Tracker is easy to do:
- Step 1: Log in to SuperTracker and open the Physical Activity Tracker.
- Step 2: Type in the name of your completed physical activity in the search box and click ‘Go.’
- Step 3: Select the physical activity and intensity level that most appropriately matches what you completed.
- Step 4: Enter the duration of minutes that you participated in that physical activity.
- Step 5: Select the days in which you completed that physical activity.
Presidential Champions also allows you to import physical activity from your Fitbit, or manually enter your steps walked each day.
Points & Goals
Points are awarded based on the duration and intensity of the activity performed. The point formula uses metabolic equivalent data from the Compendium of Physical Activities by Ainsworth et al.
Use the search feature on SuperTracker’s Physical Activity Tracker to find your favorite activities. If you can’t find your activity, use an activity that is similar and enter the duration in number of minutes.
Earning points is cumulative and there’s no time limit to reach your next award. Once you reach Platinum, you can repeat the program and keep growing your overall point total.
- Bronze: 40,000 points
- Silver: 90,000 points
- Gold: 160,000 points
- Platinum: 1,000,000 points
The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition proudly offers award and recognition items for reaching each Presidential Champions awards level. Visit the Foundation for more information on how you can reward yourself, or recognize your friends, family, or coworkers for their Presidential Champions achievements!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How do I sign up for Presidential Champions?
A: All registered users of SuperTracker are automatically enrolled in the Presidential Champions program. To register a new SuperTracker account, visit https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/Login.aspx. Track your physical activity in the Physical Activity Tracker to begin earning points.
Q: Can I use my old President’s Challenge account to log-in to SuperTracker and participate in Presidential Champions?
A: No, you must register an account on SuperTracker to continue participating in the Presidential Champions program.
Q: I previously participated in the program on the President’s Challenge online tracker and want to keep all of my old Presidential Champions points. How can I make sure I don’t lose any points?
A: You may receive credit for your prior earned points by visiting Presidential Champions on SuperTracker and following the simple two-step instructions to claim “Previously Earned Points”. Follow the instructions carefully, as claiming your previously earned points can only be completed once.
Q: I tracked all of my physical activity in the last few months on pen and paper, how can I receive Presidential Champions points for these activities?
A: You can use the Physical Activity Tracker to log these activities and earn points. Presidential Champions points will be credited in the Physical Activity Tracker for all physical activity beginning on August 10, 2016 up to the present day.
Q: I earned the bronze, silver, gold, and platinum awards. Now what can I do?
A: Presidential Champions is a long-term program that allows you to earn multiple awards. The program does not end, so keep logging your physical activity and continue earning awards.
Q: Are awards, including certificates and medallions, available for purchase? Who do the proceeds benefit?
A: The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is operating the Presidential Champions Awards Shop. Orders may only be placed online. All available inventories are posted online. Some items may be available in limited quantities. Items not shown online are not available. Proceeds from the sale of awards help the Foundation support the Presidential Champions program. Visit the Foundation for more information.
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: If you have additional questions regarding the Presidential Champions program and the partnership with SuperTracker, please email Fitness@hhs.gov.
If you have additional questions regarding participating in the Presidential Champions program on SuperTracker, please see the SuperTracker and Presidential Champions User Guides, or email SuperTrackerHelp@cnpp.usda.gov.