Press Release


SHAPE America Honors Georgia Southern University's Bridget Melton

RESTON, VA, February 20, 2015-SHAPE America –the Society of Health and Physical Educators will present its Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award to Bridget Melton, Ed.D., an associate professor and the Healthful Living Physical Activity Director at Georgia Southern University, during its 130th National Convention & Expo in Seattle, Washington, March 17 - 21. Dr. Melton will be recognized at the Majors of the Year Celebration on Thursday, March 19.

SHAPE America presents the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award annually in recognition of one higher education faculty member for her efforts to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students pursuing a degree in physical education, sport, kinesiology or exercise science. Criteria for the award include: 1) serves as an outstanding role model of professionalism by modeling appropriate professional behavior and positive professional standards;2) encourages student involvement in professional opportunities, such as including students in service projects or research activities, supporting student membership in professional organizations, nurturing student contributions to professional organizations/meetings or enabling student attendance at professional meetings;and 3) provides exemplary academic and professional preparation advisement, is available to students for discussion and meetings and may serve as faculty advisor/supporter to student majors club or honorary projects.

One of the most profound impacts we can have as educators is our influence on young professionals," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin. "This award honors an individual who exceeds in instilling passion and professionalism in all of her students. We are thrilled that Bridget Melton represents SHAPE America in such a caring, giving and professional manner."

Dr. Melton teaches a variety of courses focused on health and physical activity including Healthful Living, Physiology of Sport and Exercise for Coaches, and Sport Conditioning. As the Director of the Healthful Living Program, she oversees the undergraduate requirements for health and physical activity courses. Her research concentrates primarily on using technology to motivate special populations to exercise. She has published 29 peer reviewed articles, contributed to 15 books and has given over 50 presentations to the states, national and international audiences.

Active with several state and national organizations, these include American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), SHAPE America, National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), and the Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD).

A graduate of Purdue University with an undergraduate degree in movement and sport science, Dr. Melton received her Master's in exercise science and her Doctorate in education, focusing on health education from Georgia Southern University.

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the convention webpage.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit