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SHAPE America Announces Task Force to Revise National Health Education Standards

RESTON, VA, September 16, 2021 — SHAPE America ‒ Society of Health and Physical Educators today launched the National Health Education Standards Task Force, with members who represent diverse stakeholders in school-based health education including leading national health education organizations, state departments of education, university health education teacher education (HETE) programs, and K-12 practitioners.

The task force will be responsible for revising the National Health Education Standards. SHAPE America — the nation’s largest organization serving and representing school-based health education professionals — obtained the copyright to the National Health Education Standards in 2020 when its longtime partner the American Cancer Society (the previous copyright holder) divested from the school health space.

“The National Health Education Standards have, and always will be, the nation’s standards, upon which all health education curriculum should be based,” says SHAPE America CEO Stephanie Morris. “Once we publish the revised standards, they will be free and accessible to all who wish to use them, reference them, or develop relevant resources that include them.”

The National Health Education Standards Task Force includes the following members:

Nadine Marchessault, MEd, NBCT, Co-Chair, Health Education Specialist, Hawaiʻi State Department of Education

Sarah Toth, PhD, MEd, MCHES®, Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Health Science, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Holly Alperin, EdM, MCHES, Program Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education, University of New Hampshire

Angela Beale-Tawfeeq, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Rowan University, New Jersey

Laurie Bechhofer, MPH, FASHA, HIV/STD Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Mary Connolly, Senior Faculty and Program Chair, Skills Based Health/Social Emotional Learning Program, Cambridge College, Massachusetts

Nana Donkor, MSEd, Health Education Instructional Supervisor, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland

Angela Glymph, PhD, Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, Peer Health Exchange

Jamie Hurley, Health and Physical Education Principal Consultant, Colorado Department of Education

Michelle Ireland, MA, MCHES®, Health Education Teacher, Hanover Public Schools, Massachusetts

Brittany McBride, MPH, Associate Director, Sex Education, Advocates for Youth

Susana Mercado, Health Education Practitioner

Kaulana Molina, MS, NBCT, Health Education Practitioner, Hawaiʻi

Jessica Napier, Health Education Practitioner/Assistant Principal, Kentucky

Amanda Nichols, MEd, Lead Professional Learning Facilitator, RMC Health

Lisa K. Perry, MEd, Senior National Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Kandice Porter, PhD, MCHES®, Professor of Health Promotion, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, City School District of New Rochelle, New York

Andrew Snyder, MAT, Education Programs Professional for Health, Physical Education and STEM, Nevada Department of Education

Erin N. Sweeney, PhD, MEd, MCHES®, Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education Program, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Leigh Szucs, PhD, CHES, Health Scientist, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

During the revision process, the National Health Education Standards Task Force will seek and welcome review and feedback from all organizations in the health education space. Once the National Health Education Standards are revised, SHAPE America will oversee a comprehensive, strategic implementation plan in close partnership with the organization’s 51 state affiliates, national health education partners, and supervisors of health education curriculum at the district level and at state departments of education.


Learn more about the National Health Education Standards at


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the United States. The organization’s community includes a diverse membership of health and physical educators, as well as advocates, supporters, and 50+ state affiliate organizations.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education. For decades, SHAPE America’s National Standards for K-12 Physical Education have served as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. Additionally, the organization helped develop and owns the National Health Education Standards.

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