Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)
The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+), a program of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN), promotes physical activity and good nutrition, because it takes both to lead a healthy lifestyle. Start the eight-week program to help you maintain or improve your health. It's a great way to help manage and reach your health goals. Anyone age 6 and older can sign up for PALA+.
Participation in PALA+ is one way to move toward the recommendations in the latest Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and Dietary Guidelines for Americans. PALA+ can help you:
- Develop a commitment to regular physical activity
- Move toward a healthier eating pattern
- Set realistic goals to encourage good physical activity and healthy eating habits for a lifetime
The PALA+ healthy eating goals have been refreshed to reflect new guidance from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The program completion requirements have also been updated to allow users to make incremental progress at their own pace towards healthy eating goals that they select and the physical activity goals based on their age.
PALA+ is now an eight-week program:
- In the first 5 weeks, log your food and physical activity to begin a routine and reach as many goals as you can
- Beginning in week 6, you must reach your weekly physical activity goal and at least 6 of the 9 weekly healthy eating goals, including at least 1 of the dietary limit goals (added sugars, saturated fat, sodium), to complete the program and earn your award
- If you need more time to reach your goals, you can try again in weeks seven or eight
A healthy life is an active life. The physical activity goal for PALA+ has two components - active minutes and active days. Achieve the weekly physical activity goal by earning both. So take a walk or roll with friends, bike ride after dinner, garden, or play a game of basketball at the park. Get your heart pumping and your muscles moving!
- Youth (6 to 17 years old) need to do at least 300 minutes of physical activity each week, and need to be active at least five days each week.
- Adults (18 years and older) need to do at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, and need to be active at least five days each week.
Note: The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans suggest children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. It is important to encourage youth to perform age-appropriate, variable, and enjoyable physical activity. Older adults, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with chronic medical conditions should adapt their PALA+ goals if they are unable to reach the amounts of physical activity recommended for their age group. For more information on guidelines for these and other populations, please consult the Guidelines.
Start eating healthy. It's easier than you think! With PALA+, participants get the freedom to choose what healthy eating goals they want to work on, which allows you to tailor the program for your specific needs. To achieve PALA+, you need to meet at least six (6) of the nine (9) weekly healthy eating goals, including at least one (1) of the dietary limit goals. Focus on your healthy eating goals every week. When you reach a goal – congratulations! You’ve started a routine for a healthier lifestyle. The healthy eating goals include:
- Six (6) food or drink goals: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein Foods, Dairy, and Water
- Three (3) dietary limit goals: Added Sugars, Saturated Fat, and Sodium
Learn more about the PALA+ Healthy Eating Goals
For more information on healthy eating patterns and how to ensure your diet is meeting your nutritional needs within an appropriate calorie level, please consult the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The PALA+ program can be completed anytime, anywhere by using our paper log! Use this log to track your progress. Once you complete the program, download your certificate below! Or, if part of a group, make sure to return it to your group administrator to get recognized.
The National Fitness Foundation proudly offers award and recognition items for earning the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+). Visit the Foundation for more information on how you can reward yourself, or recognize your friends, family, or coworkers for their PALA+ achievements!
Congratulations on earning your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)! Download your free certificate today!
On June 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) discontinued the SuperTracker online food and activity tracking tool. The online version of the PALA+ program was discontinued when SuperTracker was taken offline. As of June 30, 2018, the PALA+ program is only available for completion by using the official PALA+ paper log.
The PALA+ Awards Store, powered by the Council’s congressionally-chartered National Fitness Foundation, remains open.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) Transition
Q: Why was SuperTracker discontinued?
A: SuperTracker was a platform of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA decided to discontinue the application to invest in more modern and efficient ways to help Americans find a healthy eating style that is right for them. SuperTracker was discontinued on June 30, 2018. See USDA’s announcement here.
Q: Who can I contact for more information about the discontinuation of USDA’s SuperTracker?
A: For more information about the decision to discontinue USDA’s SuperTracker, please visit https://www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker, visit https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/, or contact USDA directly at SuperTrackerHelp@cnpp.usda.gov.
Q: What is happening to the PALA+ program?
A: As of June 30, 2018, PALA+ is only available for participation using the paper tracking log.
Q: What is the PALA+ paper log? How do I continue participating in PALA+ in the future?
A: The PALA+ paper log is a printable document that can be used to record and track your physical activity and nutrition progress as you work through the PALA+ program. After the discontinuation of SuperTracker, individuals interested in participating in the PALA+ program should download the paper log to record their progress and earn their award.
Q: When SuperTracker is discontinued, can I participate in PALA+ online on another website?
A: After the discontinuation of SuperTracker, the PALA+ program will only be available for use with the paper log, and will not be available to use on another online tracker.
Q: What happened to all my progress and my data in the PALA+ program when SuperTracker was discontinued?
A: All user data and accounts were purged in their entirety by USDA when the site was discontinued on June 30, 2018. No previous data is available and the data was not preserved nor distributed in any format by USDA.
Q: How can I order PALA+ awards that I have already earned or will soon earn?
A: The National Fitness Foundation proudly offers award and recognition items for earning the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+). Visit the Foundation for more information on how you can reward yourself, or recognize your friends, family, or coworkers for their PALA+ achievements!