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Description: Chicken Fat, also known as “The Youth Fitness Song.” Composed for President Kennedy’s Physical Fitness Program. Recordings of this song were sent to school districts throughout the United States to accompany the official U.S. Physical Fitness program of the President’s Cou...
In the years just after World War II, concerns about the fitness of US citizens, especially the young, attracted national attention. Several trends and developments in the country lay at the root of this anxiety. The nation's economy had changed dramatically since the beginning of the century, and with it changed the nature of work and recreation. ...
The JFK 50 mile ultra marathon was first held in the spring of 1963. At that time, it was one of numerous such 50 mile events held around the country as part of President John F. Kennedy's push to bring the country back to physical fitness. President Kennedy's initial inspiration for the event derived from his challenge to the country's military...
In 1963, DC Comics, the publisher of Superman, collaborated with the Kennedy White House to create a story promoting the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. In the story, President Kennedy calls upon Superman to inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger. In December 2013, just one month after Mr. Plastino passed away, ...
IFP:84E "News in Brief: New York City, Kennedy Urges Physical Fitness" 12/6/1961.
Boston, MA – On September 27, 2007 the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library will unveil a new exhibit, Shaping Up America: JFK, Sports and the Call to Physical Fitness. The exhibit will remain open until the fall of 2008.
Boston, MA – On September 27, 2007 the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library unveiled Shaping Up America: JFK, Sports and the Call to Physical Fitness, a special display of archival material and Museum objects from the Library’s collection that focuses on President Kennedy’s love of sports and athletics as well as his challenge to the ...
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