Physical Activity Position Statements
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Helping All Students Achieve 60 Minutes of Physical Activity Each Day
SHAPE America's Position: The Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) recommends that all schools implement a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP).
SHAPE America's Position: School-based physical activity programs should be provided and promoted for all students before and after school.
Availability & Access to Automated External Defibrillators in Schools During Participation in Physical Activity
SHAPE America's Position: Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should be present in all schools and at all school-sanctioned athletic events/activities and venues.
SHAPE America's Position: Participating regularly in a variety of sports and physical activities yields many documented physical, psychological and social benefits.
SHAPE America's Position: Participating in regular physical activity at a level sufficient to promote health-related physical fitness is an important behavior for professionals in all fields of physical activity at all levels.
SHAPE America's Position: SHAPE America opposes administering or withholding physical activity as a form of punishment and/or behavior management.
SHAPE America's Position: It’s imperative that parents/guardians assess program quality, both initially
and periodically, to determine whether the program will provide a positive experience – physically, socially and emotionally − for their children.
SHAPE America's Position: All elementary school children should be provided with at least one daily period of recess of at least 20 minutes in length.