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President's Council Announces Top 5 Winners of 2009 National President's Challenge
Date:8/4/2009

Alaska takes top spot for 2nd year

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports today recognized Alaska, Washington, D.C., Guam, Maryland and Wyoming as winners of the 2009 National President's Challenge. Alaska, which had the highest participation rate in the nation based on state population, once again placed first in this year's challenge to successfully defend its claim to the title of "most active state" for 2009. Alaska previously won that title in the inaugural National President's Challenge in 2008. To find out where your state ranked, you can visit the President's Challenge Web site at http://www.presidentschallenge.org/national_challenge/results.aspx.

The National President's Challenge, which kicked off May 1, and concluded July 24, is an annual six-week program launched by the President's Council to encourage Americans to be more active. Participants were able to register as an individual or with a team and set goals, log their activity and track their progress. To complete the challenge, participants 18 and older needed to be active 30 minutes a day, while youth aged 6-17 needed to be active an hour a day.

"The President's Council is pleased to congratulate each of the top five winners of this year's National President's Challenge," said RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, acting executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. "We are thrilled that governors and mayors from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several territories encouraged their residents to take the challenge and commit to improving the overall he
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