Health Literacy Month Resources for Health & PE

Skills-based health education provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to make health-enhancing choices and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Health literacy is an important measure of the effectiveness of health education and is critical to ensuring that students have the ability to address their own health needs now and in the future.

During Health Literacy Month, we’d like to give a big shout out to our nation’s health education teachers — and HPE teachers — for their work teaching life-changing skills to young people. Thank you!

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SHAPE America Sets the Standard Logo

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. The organization also collaboratively developed and owns the National Health Education Standards, which provide the framework for effective skills-based health education instruction for all K-12 students.

National Standards Revision Update

SHAPE America task forces are nearing the end of the multiyear collaborative process to update both the National Physical Education Standards and the National Health Education Standards. When completed, both sets of national standards will speak to current best practices and research-informed curriculum. They will be relevant, inclusive and culturally affirming.

Throughout the process, members of the HPE community provided feedback through:

  • Virtual Town Halls
  • In-Person Feedback Sessions at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo
  • Formal Surveys During Multiple Rounds of Public Review and Comment

Mark your calendars for the 2024 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Cleveland (March 12-16), where we will launch both sets of national standards! >>

New National Health Education Standards Coming Spring 2024!

SHAPE America’s National Health Education Standards Task Force is in the final stages of updating the NHES. Learn More >>.

Rachael Gibson (Chair), Founder/Consultant, AB Global

Stacy Furness, University of Wisconsin River Falls, WI

Kristin McGurl, Chappaqua Public Schools, NY

Christopher Pepper, San Francisco Unified School District, CA

Jenny Withycombe, Portland Public School, OR

Adam Mullis, Griffin Middle School, GA

Kathleen Vogt, Union Vale Middle School, NY

Lennie Parham, New Jersey Department of Education

Andy Milne (BOD Liaison), New Trier High School, IL