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Committee NamePresident's Council on Sports, Fitness, and NutritionAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1004
Original Establishment Date7/16/1956Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date5/17/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Senior Advisor
Date Of Renewal Charter5/17/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jennifer
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameAnne
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Bishop
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*EO 13265, dated Jun 6, 2002, as amended by EO 13889 on September 27, 2019Designated Federal Officer Phone*(240) 453-8826
Effective Date Of Authority*6/6/2002Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Members of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN) advise the President through the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about ways to promote regular physical activity, fitness, sports participation and good nutrition. Council members provide guidance to HHS on physical fitness and nutrition promotion, may serve as subject matter experts on selected topics, and serve as liaisons to non-profit, public, and private entities. They regularly speak to local, regional, and national audiences on the importance of regular physical activity and good nutrition; and forge partnerships to help the HHS achieve its health promotion missions.

The Council has continuous interaction with the public through speaking engagements, e-mail blasts and newsletters, as well as social media. In the past year, the Office of the President’s Council and Council members participated in a number of high profile events designed to promote youth sports participation, inclusive youth sports and healthy eating. These activities included participating in the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi; co-hosting an Inclusive Youth Sports Festival at the James Madison University Recreation Center; and co-hosting the NBC Universal Peacock Games (to mark the one-year countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games).

Additionally, the Council reinstated it Community Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Awards, designed to recognize individuals and organizations that improve the lives Americans, by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activity, fitness, or nutrition-related programs. The Council also reinstated its’ Science Advisory Board which will focus its efforts on the implementation and dissemination of the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) and the promotion of youth sports-related topics.

The FY2019 Council currently has 21 members, though it may consist of up to 30 volunteer members who are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the President. Members are appointed to serve a two-year term and may have their terms extended or be reappointed for another term.
How is membership balanced?*The Council may consist of up to 30 members. The Council currently has 21 members. These members are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the President. Three members have been selected to serve as Co-chairs. The Council membership includes individuals from the following occupations: professional and amateur athletes, fitness industry professionals and entrepreneurs, media, non-profit organizations, and the military. The diversity of the members' backgrounds enhances opportunities for them to promote the Council's messages, programs, and initiatives to multiple sectors via speaking engagements and media events.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council typically meets once a year. Traditionally, the annual meeting takes place in May to coincide with National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, or September to coincide with National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. In FY19 the annual meeting was held on September 19, 2019.

The Council is in the process of re-establishing its Science Advisory Board, as a sub-committee to the PCSFN. This which may result in additional meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The PCSFN was initially established as the President's Council on Youth Fitness in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to develop and promote physical fitness and sports activities for American youth. Under the Administration of President Lyndon Johnson, the name of this advisory committee was changed to President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The Council has functioned in an advisory capacity to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to advise on the importance of physical activity for the health of Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. In February 2018, in recognition of the fact that youth sports participation and the health of the nation's children are in decline, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13824 tasking the Secretary of HHS (through the Council) with developing a National Youth Sports Strategy to increase access to sports for all American youth. The Strategy was completed with the help of the Council, and launched in September 2019. The Council members will also be a critical component to promoting the concepts of the strategic plan on local and national levels.

The appointed members of the PCSFN provide an invaluable, irreplaceable and cost effective resource of expert advisors and spokespersons to promote the benefits and value of sports participation, regular physical activity and good nutrition for all Americans.
Why close or partially close meetings?PCSFN meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksPCSFN is the only federal committee focused solely on the promotion of physical activity, sports, fitness, and nutrition for the health and well-being of all Americans. The diverse make-up of the Council, many of whom are high-profile citizens, enables HHS to forge critical partnerships with a variety of non-profit, private sector, and state and local agencies and offices to promote physical activity and nutrition.

The PCSFN functions as a non-discretionary federal advisory committee because it was established by a Presidential directive. Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the appropriate action must be taken by the President or agency head every two years to authorize continuation of the Council. The necessary action has been taken by the President at appropriate intervals to continue the Council. Most recently, Executive Order 13265, was executed by President Donald Trump on September 27, 2019, authorizing the Council to operate from September 30, 2019 until September 30, 2021.

In FY 2019, the PCSFN contributed to the development of the NYSS. The Strategy is the first federal roadmap intended to ensure that all youth have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports. It is an important first step in achieving the objectives identified in Executive Order 13824—which sought to expand and encourage youth sports participation. During the development process for the Strategy, the Council provided feedback on the document to HHS, and guidance on its implementation.

The FY2019 budget for the PCSFN remained flat, though the staffing plan has changed as a result of the PCSFN-Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) merger which went into effect on June 10, 2019. As part of the HHS’ Reimagine initiative, a change was made to how the Council’s activities are managed, where the Office of the President’s Council for Sports, Fitness and Nutrition was subsumed under the ODPHP in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. An Executive Director (ED) for the Council will still lead the programmatic efforts, however, ODPHP staff will work collaboratively with the ED to provide subject matter and operational assistance to manage out the daily business of the Council. The work performed by program staff, including travel to promote Council activities and other costs associated with operating the PCSFN and supporting activities, are factored into the operating costs reported for the Council.

Estimates of personnel costs reflect the costs of supporting the original staff for the Council (6 FTEs), and the part-time contributions of ODPHP staff in hosting and supporting the Annual Meeting and Council management activities. Travel costs reflect the travel of PCSFN and ODPHP staff, and Council members to promote PCSFN activities. Costs totaling approximately $319,438 include rent, training, office supplies and equipment, printing and shipping, event registration and exhibiting fees, security investigations and badging for staff, parking for staff, and the annual contribution to the Service and Supply Fund as a staff division within the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. The total projected expenses for FY2020 are expected to be roughly the same as FY2019, however these costs will be integrated into ODPHP’s budget.

The only annual reporting requirement that the Council must satisfy is to update the file maintained in the FACA database for the Annual Comprehensive Review. For more detailed information about the Council's programs and activities, visit


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Council promotes healthy lifestyles for all Americans on a national level through its health promotion and educational initiatives. Council partners promote consumer messages, programs and initiatives of the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to encourage healthy lifestyles that include regular physical activity and good nutrition. They also play a critical role in identifying additional health promotion partners and activities which serve to extend the communications reach of the Council and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

During FY2019, the Council decided to reinstate the Science Advisory Board, a subgroup to the PCSFN which will provide subject matter expertise in the field of youth sports and related disciplines; and support the Council in message development and program execution to ensure alignment with the latest youth sports research.
Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentPCFSN staff and Council members performed all duties and managed operations on a $1.157 million budget in FY19.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*1Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Annual meeting for the Council was held on September 19, 2019; during which Committee members received briefings on the state of the physical activity science and prevalence; and the creation of the National Youth Sports Strategy. As part of the meeting, Council members deliberated to provide suggestions on how best to implement the NYSS.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentWith the completion of the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS), the Office of Disease Prevention and Health promotion (ODPHP) is in the process of drafting a formal implementation plan, which will employ some of the recommended activities outlined by the Council in their September 2019 Annual Meeting. The implementation plan is expected to be completed in early 2020 and the Council members will to assist with the promotion of the NYSS and sports participation via public engagement.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*100.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNow that the Committee has met, the Office of the President's Council will facilitate their engagement in the development of the national youth sports strategy based on the members' area(s) of interest and expertise. Additionally, a federal workgroup has been formed to support the Committee's efforts to develop and disseminate the strategy. The timeline for completion is rolling and will include multiple public engagement elements, including school, community and private sector engagement. The strategy/action plan document is expected to be delivered by Summer of 2020.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentNarrative Description*The PCSFN advises the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on ways to engage, educate, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The Council also promotes the Department's Healthy People 2020 initiative, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. In FY2019, the PCSFN played a key role in promoting and implementing the first ever, National Youth Sports Strategy.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$802,824.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$823,697.42
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$10,409.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$10,409.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$24,528.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$24,528.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$319,438.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$298,564.58
Total Costs$1,157,199.00Est. Total Next FY*$1,157,199.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*6.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*5.30
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032297Science Board2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034746President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition2018
 COM-002014President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition2017
 COM-002414President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition2016
 COM-003826President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition2015
 COM-004689President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition2014
 COM-010272President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2009
 COM-010782President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2008
 COM-012110President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2007
 COM-012713President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2006
 COM-013987President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2005
 COM-014592President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2004
 COM-015667President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2003
 COM-016803President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2002
 COM-017928President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2001
 COM-018410President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports2000
 COM-019840President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports1999
 COM-020599President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports1998
 COM-021477President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports1997