October 02, 2009

Crapo Salutes Ucon Elementary's Fitness Award

School wins national recognition from President's Council

Washington, DC - An Idaho elementary school has received national recognition for attention to fitness and sports. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said he is adding his congratulations to the top award to Ucon Elementary in Idaho Falls. The school placed first at the top of its division in the award from the President's Council on Physical Fitness (PCPFS).

The PCPFS State Champion award recognizes schools that have the highest number of students scoring at or above the 85th percentile on the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test. Crapo noted that nearly half (48%) of Ucon Elementary's students reached that benchmark, among the highest percentages of any school in the nation. The assessments in the test include a one-mile run/walk, curl-ups, pull-ups and stretching exercises.

"What is remarkable about Ucon Elementary's students, teachers and administrators is that they have reached this incredible benchmark for the second year in a row," Crapo said. "These Idaho Falls champions certainly are a-literally-strong example whose actions all of us in Idaho can emulate. I congratulate their achievement."

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports advises the White House on matters of physical activity and fitness. The President's Challenge was established in 1966 as a way to monitor the health and fitness of America's students.