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February 6, 2019







Member-Only Content

In the last several years, SHAPE America and health and physical education advocates have secured greater funding for school-based health and physical education programs. Across the country, more and more SHAPE America members have joined our advocacy efforts, sharing their stories about why HPE programs are so important for the health of our nation’s children and adolescents.


In this , you'll get an overview of the information you need to advocate at the local, state and/or national level, with lots of links to helpful resources and case studies to guide you — and inspire you!


SEL Learning Tools

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a crucial part of an educational environment where students feel safe and confident to explore, grow, and succeed. Discover our selection of tools, resources, and blog articles to support SEL in the physical education and health setting to help students thrive.

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In her latest blog post, SHAPE America CEO Stephanie Morris writes, “I have really admired the bravery of the many health and PE teachers who are asking the tough questions such as: How do we appropriately manage fitness assessments of transgender students? What should we do regarding changing facilities and/or bathroom situations? How can I empower transgender students to be active and feel good about their body?”


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SHAPE America’s all-new Professional Learning Institute will be held July 31-August 1 in Sioux Falls, SD. The conference will explore . If you want to learn — or share —new ways to teach and assess SEL skills in the health, physical education or physical activity setting, this event is for you! The Call for Proposals is now open, with a submission deadline of February 22.


Your Body Is Power
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One of the highlights of the annual SHAPE America National Convention & Expo are the research presentations made by renowned scholars as part of the . This year’s series includes lectures by Brad Cardinal, Oregon State University; Duane Knudson, Texas State University; Louis Harrison, University of Texas at Austin; and Mary O’Sullivan, University of Limerick, Ireland.



Experts point to meal planning with potatoes for peak performance

With demanding training regimens, athletes are in constant need of carbohydrate. In fact, athletes need about 1 gram of carbohydrate per minute of endurance exercise,. To get the necessary nutrients – like carbohydrate, meal prep is an increasingly popular solution for athletes. It’s quick and easy to prepare batch amounts of meal components for easy meal assembly and enjoyment all week-long. “Without question, potatoes are my favorite—and my athletes’ favorite—base for meal prep,” says Allen Tran, MS, RD, CSSD, high-performance dietitian and chef for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams. That’s because potatoes contain the carbohydrate, potassium and energy athletes need to perform at their best. Tran shows athletes of all kinds how to meal prep like a pro with his newly released five-part video series, “Meal Prep with Potatoes!”

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If you want to view the schedule, session descriptions and speakers for the 2019 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, check out the . You can even search by category or keyword. Don’t forget to register before the February 13 early-bird deadline to save up to $120!



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The Washington Post

A new research brief by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University finds high-quality preschool can improve child health by introducing children to heart-healthy foods and balanced diets in school and promoting exercise through active play. Kids can carry these habits, and outcomes, for the rest of their lives. Preschool can also improve socio-emotional skills, cognitive skills, and mental health.


Daily Tribune

Trenton DeSpain’s class is unlike any other at Marble Falls Middle School. She teaches yoga. As a yoga practitioner and certified instructor, DeSpain has experienced the physical, mental and emotional benefits of the activity. She pitched the idea to Principal Roger Barr, and while he was supportive, he didn’t have enough information on how the State Board of Education would view the class to give it the go-ahead. After much research, DeSpain learned yoga met all the PE requirements but one. “It met every one of the requirements with the exception of passing a ball,” DeSpain said. So, she added a ball-passing exercise.

New York Times
In up to 370 English schools, students will start to practice mindfulness as part of a study to improve youth mental health. They will work with mental health experts to learn relaxation techniques, breathing exercises and other methods to “help them regulate their emotions.” The goal of the program is to study which approaches work best for young people in a world of rapid change.

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Inside Philanthropy

Philanthropies funding education are increasingly talking about social and emotional learning and other approaches that take the “whole child” into account. A growing body of research, grassroots demands, and the cultural moment have all contributed to the rise of these approaches. At its core, social and emotional learning emphasizes the soft skills kids need to succeed — skills like handling their emotions, feeling empathy for others, forming relationships and making responsible decisions.

U.S. News & World Report

A study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that only 1 in 20 adolescents are meeting the national recommendations for sleep, exercise and screen time. “This is the first time these three factors, which have a crucial bearing on a child's health, have been analyzed together,” said Gregory Knell, author and research fellow at the University of Texas School of Public Health. “The results are a wake-up call for everyone who wants to make sure our children have a healthy future."

Science Daily

According to a study published in a recent issue of JAMA Pediatrics, adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen. The researchers noted that there is no proven treatment for concussion, especially among adolescents, who typically take the longest to recover. The findings directly contradict the conventional approach to concussion, which often consists of nearly total rest, eliminating most physical and mental activities, including schoolwork.


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