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February 23, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(8):648-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430038012

The President's Council on Youth Fitness has just issued a report "Fitness of American Youth."1 This report arises out of the Conference on the Fitness of American Youth, originally scheduled to be held in Denver in the fall of 1955 and postponed because of the President's heart attack, held at Annapolis on June 18 and 19, 1956. The conference was composed of 150 invited delegates, representative of various groups including physicians, dentists, educators, physical educators, athletic coaches, athletes, physiologists, and civic, service, and youth-serving agencies. The conference was said to have been stimulated by concern aroused in the President's mind relative to the fitness of American youth. Whether today's youngsters are as fit as those of former generations and their European counterparts has been a subject of much speculation in the press and in professional periodicals. Claims and counterclaims concerning the "softness" of our boys and girls have been