The Presidential Youth Fitness Program has adopted the FITNESSGRAM® assessment. It is a health-related, criterion-based assessment, which means it helps minimize comparisons between children and instead supports students as they pursue personal fitness goals for lifelong health.


    The assessment measures health-related fitness through a variety of items designed to assess aerobic capacity, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Each score is evaluated using theHealthy Fitness Zone® standards.

    SPARK is the only program that has ever been scientifically studied and shown to improve students' Fitnessgram scores significantly.