Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SHAPE America Keeps Students Moving to Boost Learning

RESTON, VA, August 25, 2015 — SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators has just announced the launch of a new Back to School website with numerous resources for K-12 health and physical education teachers.

From a free digital Scope & Sequence Chart to all the information needed to develop a comprehensive school physical activity program, the website will help teachers keep students moving to boost learning. Resources include:  

  • A brand new Physical Education Program Checklist
  • Guidance documents including The Essential Components of Physical Education and Appropriate Practices in School-Based Health Education
  • Grade-level activity calendars
  • Free podcasts on health and physical education topics 
  • Webinars with innovative ideas and tried-and-true teaching strategies 
  • A newly designed Legislative Action Center 
  • And much more.

"No one is better prepared to get kids healthier and more physically active than K-12 health and physical education teachers," says SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies of Central Washington University. "Collectively, as a profession, we regularly spend time with students during the most significant developmental years of their lives. We are the first to develop relationships that will lead students to valuing their health and active lifestyles."

To ensure that all of America's students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity, SHAPE America recently launched its "50 Million Strong by 2029" initiative. The organization invites all health and physical education teachers to become part of this national initiative by enhancing health and physical education programs in their schools and providing opportunities for students to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity before, during and after school.

Teachers who say "Count Me In" will receive a free digital Scope & Sequence Chart. The chart:

  • Supports the National Standards and grade-level outcomes for K-12 physical education
  • Provides educators with an evaluation scale for K-12 students
  • Provides guidance for developing lesson plans for K-12 physical education.

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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 www.shapeamerica.org.