President Trump has thrown out the executive order supporting Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program and replaced it with an order emphasizing sports instead. Barack Obama’s version of the roughly 60-year old physical fitness council was titled the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Trump’s version is called the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.
On Tuesday, Trump’s new executive order was issued; it read:
Good health, including physical activity and proper nutrition, supports Americans’, particularly children’s, well‑being, growth, and development. Participating in sports allows children to experience the connection between effort and success, and it enhances their academic, economic, and social prospects. Many of America’s leaders attribute their lifetime achievements to lessons learned through sports participation and athletic activity. Additionally, youth sports help working parents and guardians by providing their children opportunities to engage in productive, positive activities outside of school. Unfortunately, during the past decade youth participation in team sports has declined. As of 2016, only 37 percent of children played team sports on a regular basis, down from 45 percent in 2008. Particularly troubling is that sports participation disproportionately lags among young girls and children who are from economically distressed areas. … This national strategy shall focus on children and youth in communities with below-average sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.”
John Engh, executive director of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, was excited about the change in emphasis from the Trump Administration, asserting, “We definitely support the whole concept. Team sports plays a huge role in the development of kids today.”
Lou Ferrigno, the former “The Incredible Hulk” on TV, has ben rumored to lead the council. As The Washington Times reported, “The executive order directed the secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategy to expand children’s participation in youth sports, encourage regular physical activity, including active play, and promote good nutrition for all Americans.”