Woman Tests Exercise Machines Ca. 1950sStreaming Video - 1950
During the 1950s, Americans paid increasing attention to physical fitness. In 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower created the President's Council on Youth Fitness, after viewing a study that revealed that more than half of American children could not pass a test of "minimum muscular fitness". Eisenhower was especially perturbed by the study because when the same test was administered to European students, nearly 100% passed. The author of the study attributed European children's superior fitness to their active lifestyles: European children walked and bicycled to school, whereas American children were most often driven to school by their parents. The pursuit of fitness gave rise to more rigorous physical education guidelines, as well as some unusual weight-loss devices, which promised to "shake" excess weight off.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : WPA Film Library, 
Copyright Date: ©1950
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 min., 41 sec.)) : sound. video file, rda