About SHAPE America

Health and PE Teachers Prepare Students
to Live Their Best Life.

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 extensive 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.  

Our Vision

A nation where all children are prepared to lead healthy, physically active lives.

Our Mission

To advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport.



SHAPE America provides programs, resources and advocacy that support an inclusive, active and healthier school culture, and the organization’s newest program — health. moves. minds.® — helps teachers and schools incorporate social and emotional learning so students can thrive physically and emotionally.


Each year the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo brings together more than 4,000 health and physical educators from around the world — all dedicated to helping young people lead healthy, physically active lives.

Recently, SHAPE America launched a series of Professional Learning Institutes to further bolster professional development opportunities in the physical education and health education community. Partnering with communities across the country, these events provide accessible and timely learning opportunities for educators looking to refine and advance their profession.

SHAPE America PLIs cover a variety of topics and concentrations and are designed for health and physical education professionals, including program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, teachers, and researchers. Join us and connect with your colleagues and other professionals around the world!

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