Best ofBest of 2017

Take a look at these articles, newsletters and webinars and podcast episodes which were
the most downloaded and viewed in 2017!

Member Journals
Our four member journals publish over 150 articles in any given volume year. These were the most downloaded in 2017.


(RQES) Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Top 10 Research Questions Related to Teaching Games for Understanding
Daniel Memmert, Len Almond, David Bunker, et al.

(AJHE) American Journal of Health Education
The Motivational Impact of Wearable Healthy Lifestyle Technologies: A Self-determination Perspective on Fitbits With Adolescents
Charlotte Kerner & Victoria A. Goodyear

(JOPERD) Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
Promoting Physical Activity for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Barriers, Benefits, and Strategies for Success
Kristi S. Menear & William H. Neumeier

(Strategies) A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators
Setting Goals for Achievement in Physical Education Settings
Timothy Baghurst, Tyler Tapps, & Weston Kensinger



Email Newsletter
These were our top 5 newsletter articles with the most views in 2017.


"Why kids shouldn't sit still in class"
The New York Times: Sit still. It's the mantra of every classroom. But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.

"Here's what the CDC says recess should look like"
Argus Leader: That game of kickball on the playground might seem like a small part of the school day, but health experts say recess is critical for students. It helps kids focus, reduces disruptive behavior in the classroom and helps kids reach their recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity.

"How fitness testing can make a positive impact on any quality PE program"
The Cooper Institute: New physical education standards adopted recently for Nebraska public schools emphasize sports and activities that students can engage in over a lifetime. Marybell Avery, a SHAPE America board member and a consultant to the team that wrote the standards, said local district officials have been "eagerly awaiting" the final standards. "We've been asking for guidance as to what a quality program should look like," she said.

"Here's why PE is so vital for healthy kids"
La Crosse Tribune: We are failing our children on two foundational fronts: health and education. Although it is naïve to suggest that there is a "magic potion" that will fix these issues, one low-cost, high-impact strategy has been identified that improves both educational success and good health: physical activity. Very simply put — active kids learn better.

"What motivates teens to exercise?"
PsychCentral: Unless actively involved in sports, many students entering high school drop their activity levels to a minimum, setting the stage for sedentary-related adult diseases. In a new pilot study, researchers set out to investigate what types of energy levels and mindsets tend to prompt teens to exercise. For example, are teens more likely to exercise when they are feeling down? Or when they are feeling good and energetic?
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Here are our top five most downloaded webinars in 2017. Watch them anytime, anywhere from our Online Learning Institute!

  • Getting REAL in Health Education With a Skills-Based Approach

  • Ditch the Textbook: Health Education in the Flipped Classroom

  • Beginnings and Endings: Energize Students From Start to Finish!

  • Universal Design and Physical Education: Including Everyone

  • Let’s Have Fun in Health Class Today