Press Release


SHAPE America Seeks Proposals for 2016 National Convention and Exposition in Minneapolis, April 5-9

RESTON, VA, April 28, 2015 — SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is now seeking proposals for the 2016 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo — the premier professional development event for health and physical educators — which will be held in Minneapolis, April 5-9. The submission deadline is Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (11:59 PM EDT).

"In Minneapolis the focus will be on 50 Million Strong by 2029, SHAPE America's initiative to ensure that all of America's students are benefitting from the skills, knowledge and opportunities to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity," says SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies of Central Washington University. "It can be done but not without changing how we go about it. At the National Convention & Expo we want to hear ideas, best practices and strategies from health and physical educators including researchers about how we can effectively change the health and physical activity habits of young people. It's going to be a great ride and we hope you will be eager to join us."

The Program Committee encourages a wide variety of topics relevant to advancing professional practice and research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport.

Presentation topics may include:

  • Teaching ideas and assessment tools for health and physical education (pre-K to grade 12)  
  • Professional preparation strategies
  • Best practices that directly relate to coach and athlete behaviors 
  • Technological advances affecting health and physical educators 
  • Educational leadership and worldwide trends in higher education 
  • Advocacy tools that advance policies and programs at the state, local and national level 
  • Physical activity and community engagement ideas 
  • Research studies that apply to related disciplines in health, physical education, dance and sport

New in 2016, SHAPE America will offer a wide range of session types to maximize learning, including the debut of "Rapid Relay" sessions —15-minute, fast-paced forums designed to deliver a concise idea or concept in a visually appealing format. 

Visit the convention page for more information on session types, program areas and for tools to guide you through the submission process.


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