By Nancy Morrish. Bluestone Press.
President John F. Kennedy made an aggressive effort to improve the physical fitness of Americans. He challenged the country he was leading to get fit and as a result, the President's Council on Physical Fitness, established in the 50's by President Eisenhower, was revitalized. President Kennedy reestablished the 50-mile hike, which was at one time a fitness standard of the Marines, that being able to complete a 50-mile hike on foot within three days. However, President Kennedy turned the fitness standard up a notch or two and suggested that the hike should take place within 24 rather than 72 hours. See full article.