High School Gym Class In The 1960’s Was Quite Different Compared To Today!

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy made a challenge to high schools throughout the nation, when he introduced an official U.S. Physical Fitness Program. While his Council On Youth Fitness did not actually have the authority to implement the national program, they did develop a curriculum with the help of major educational and medical institutions. More than 240,000 copies of this program were distributed, and more than 250,000 students participated in the program, with dramatic results. In the following clip, you’ll see highlights of JFK’s speech, and how one high school (La Sierra High in California) implemented the program.


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