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University of Arizona Scientist to be Honored at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, February 18, 2015 –Jennifer Reeves, an associate research scientist and the director of training and outreach for the University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences SNAP-Ed program, the Healthy Living Training Center and the Mobile YMCA/University of Arizona Physical Activity Programs, will be recognized by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 130th National Convention & Expo in Seattle, Washington on Friday, March 20. Given in recognition of her distinguished service, dedication, and commitment to improving physical activity, the Joy of Effort Award, designed by sculptor R. Tait McKenzie, will be presented to Reeves at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Others to be honored that evening include 2015 Hall of Fame inductees Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., founder of The Cooper Institute;Dick Fosbury, U.S. Olympian, 1968 Gold Medalist, high jump, and Michael Metzler, Ph.D., professor, Georgia State University. That evening SHAPE America will also recognize its National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for Elementary, Middle and High School and National Teachers of the Year for adapted physical education, dance and health at the banquet, which is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field.

"The Joy of Effort is given in recognition of those individuals who, by performance and style, have personified the concept that the effort made to enrich the goals and objectives of physical education and sport is a labor of love, inspired by commitment and dedication," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin.

On the state level, Reeves is a key member of the Arizona State Coordinated School Health Leadership Team and the Arizona Department of Health Services Public Health Action Program serving nine Arizona School Districts and 80 schools. She is Co-Chairperson for the Arizona Action for Healthy Kids Program and Arizona Alliance for a Healthy Generation Intermediary to promote the Healthy Schools Program throughout Arizona.

On the national level, Reeves is a trainer for the three initiatives of the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program including the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), the Let's Move! Active Schools Physical Activity Leader Training (PAL), and the CDC 1305 Health Services Public Health Program. She was a content expert for the NASPE/CDC Comprehensive Physical Activity Program national writing team that published the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools in 2013.

Reeves recently led the University of Arizona Center of Physical Activity and Nutrition (CPAN) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Schools Team coordinating project activities with ongoing community and state initiatives (Arizona CCPW, Arizona Department of Education Coordinate School Health,Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Action for Healthy Kids, University of Arizona Nutrition Network,and YMCA Pioneering Healthy Communities).

In June 2012 and 2013, Reeves was invited to work with the World Health Organization in Aruba and delivered a three - day workshop to 31 Pan American, Caribbean, and Latin American countries to develop policies for obesity prevention in schools throughout these countries.

Reeves, who has 35 years of extensive teaching and research experience in physical education and health pedagogy, teacher training, and curriculum development, has served as Principal Investigator for five United States Department of Education PEP Grants, five General Mills Champions for Change grants with the YMCA, and developed and coordinated interventions for eight other National Institutes for Health, Center for Disease and Prevention, and United States Department of Agriculture grants. She is the University of Arizona representative to the Arizona Department of Education physical education standards revision team and physical education certification. A lead trainer for the Physical Education and Health Standards Trainings for state of Arizona, she is a former NASPE Physical Education Teacher of the Year and has conducted over 600 physical activity and obesity prevention trainings and workshops on the state, district, national and international levels.  

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


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