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Take a look at these popular articles, blog posts
and resources from 2020!

In 2020, health and physical educators went above and beyond to adapt to all of the changes and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Teaching virtually … learning new technology … modifying lessons for remote instruction or physical distancing — all done to ensure students learn the necessary skills to maintain their physical, mental, and social-emotional health.

During this time, many of you turned to SHAPE America for much-needed guidance, tools and resources, such as our 2020-2021 School Reentry Considerations (developed in consultation with CDC), Planning for the Next Normal at School playbook (created in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and other school health organizations), and numerous health. moves. minds. @HOME resources.

As 2020 comes to a close, we’ve compiled the most popular resources, articles, blog posts and videos of the year. If you’re looking for top health and physical education resources, this is a great place to start!

Member Journals
Our four member journals publish over 150 articles in any given volume year. These were the most downloaded in 2020.


American Journal of Health Education (AJHE)
Spreading the (Fake) News: Exploring Health Messages on Social Media and the Implications for Health Professionals Using a Case Study
Silvia Sommariva, Cheryl Vamos, Alexios Mantzarlis, Lillie Uyên-Loan Đào, and Dinorah Martinez Tyson

Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD)
The “Goods of Sport” and Physical Education
Tyler G. Johnson

Applying Social Cognitive Theory in Coaching Athletes: The Power of Positive Role Models
Graeme Connolly

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES)
A Systematic Review of Life Skill Development through Sports Programs Serving Socially Vulnerable Youth
Niels Hermens, Sabina Super, Kirsten T. Verkooijen, and Maria A. Koelen


View all 2020 Free Access articles by clicking the links below:


Top 5 Health & PE Resources
Have you seen SHAPE America’s Download Library? It’s filled with classroom ready, teacher-friendly resources — and most of them are free to all! Here are the most-downloaded resources for 2020:



Physical Education / SEL Crosswalk


Jr. NBA Physical Education Curriculum (Grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8)


Elementary Poster: National Standards for K-12 Physical Education and Health Education


Lesson Plans: Moving With Words & Actions


Health Education Youth Empowerment Series

Top 5 COVID-19 Resources
SHAPE America is dedicated to supporting health education and physical education teachers throughout the pandemic. Here are the most-downloaded resources from our COVID-19 Resource Library:



Guidelines for K-12 Online Physical Education


Super Deck – Color Your Own


April Elementary Mind & Body Calendar


The Daily Big 3

Top 5 Newsletter Articles
These were the most viewed articles from our email newsletter: 


NBC News: 9 Science-Backed Wellness Trends From the Last Decade That We're Taking Into the 2020s

WTOP News: Virginia Physical Education Teacher Keeps Kids Moving Online

Daily Republic: Eye on Education: Exercise Improves Learning

Edutopia: A De-Escalation Exercise for Upset Students

MainLine Today: Why Kids Are Abandoning Organized Sports
Stay informed about the latest topics and trends in physical education, health education and physical activity with SHAPE America journals, web resources and professional development opportunities. Learn more!

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