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New York Times Best-Selling Author Tom Rath to Keynote SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis

RESTON, VA, January 13, 2016 —Tom Rath, author of multiple New York Times best-sellers such as How Full Is Your Bucket? and Eat Move Sleep, will keynote the Opening General Session at the 131st National Convention & Expo of SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, on Wednesday, April 6 in Minneapolis. More than 5,000 health and physical education teachers, researchers and other physical activity professionals are expected to attend the convention, which is the nation's largest event of its kind in the country. The convention, which will be held April 5-9, is held in partnership with SHAPE America Central District and Minnesota SHAPE.

In his presentation, Rath will discuss the three keys that matter most for our daily health and well-being, a topic explored in his 2015 international best-seller, Are You Fully Charged?, and new documentary, Fully Charged. The new documentary is available at

Rath is an enthusiastic supporter of "50 Million Strong by 2029," SHAPE America's national commitment to empower all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. His latest children's book, Rechargeables: Eat Move Sleep, offers parents and teachers ways to share lessons about healthy choices with young children, and will be given to attendees at the Opening General Session.

"In many of his works, Tom Rath explores the concept that small choices can have a profound effect on the quality of each day and your overall well-being," says SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies, professor emeritus at Central Washington University. "His ideas can help attendees in their personal lives and in their professional lives, helping them teach students about the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle."

Rath is a researcher, author and filmmaker who studies the role of human behavior in business, health and well-being, He has been described by business leaders and the media as one of the greatest thinkers and nonfiction writers of his generation. He has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-sellers over the past decade, starting with the No. 1 New York Times best-seller How Full Is Your Bucket? His book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was the top-selling book of 2014 worldwide on Other best-sellers include Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, and Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes. In total, his books have sold more than 6 million copies and have made more than 300 appearances on the Wall Street Journal best-seller list.

In addition to his work as a researcher, writer, and speaker, Rath serves as a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization's work on employee engagement, strengths, leadership, and well-being. He is also a scientific advisor to Welbe, a startup focused on wearable technology. He previously served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization.

Rath holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a guest lecturer. He lives with wife, Ashley, and their two children in Arlington, VA. Rath has said that his 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son are his inspiration for staying fully charged each day.

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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