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RFK Bids Americans to Focus on Physical Fitness

July 24, 1961 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy said today there had been a lot of talk but little action to improve the physical fitness of American youth. He said foreign boys and girls consistently outperformed them in physical tests. Mr. Kennedy said that the nation's seven astronauts, all of whom are in top physical condition, will assist the Administration's efforts in this area. They will make 30-second radio and television recordings to promote the fitness campaign. Surveys have showed that the astronauts were the favorite heroes of children above the second grade.


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