National Physical Education and Sport Week

Teach On: Moving Forward Mindfully

In March our world changed drastically as COVID-19 began its rapid spread around the globe. Across the United States, teachers and students navigated a sudden shift to distance learning as most school buildings closed their doors — often with just a few hours’ notice.


During this unprecedented crisis, health and physical education teachers have worked creatively to keep students healthy, active and engaged at home — all while sharing a singular philosophy: Teach On.

Through dance parties, breathing exercises, sidewalk chalk obstacle courses, yoga, and more, HPE teachers are helping students — and families — cope with stress and anxiety.

And, they are showing parents the importance of social and emotional learning and building a foundation for lifelong, healthy habits through health and physical education.

No one knows when our nation’s school buildings will reopen, but one thing is certain: regardless of physical location our dedicated health and physical education professionals will "teach on," keeping their students’ needs at the forefront. 

As we celebrate National Physical Education and Sport Week, SHAPE America sends our teachers a “virtual high five” in honor of their work teaching life-changing skills to our nation's youth.


About SHAPE America

SHAPE America is the nation's largest association of health and physical educators, representing 200,000+ members, donors, volunteers and advocates.

For nearly 14 decades, SHAPE America has set the standard for effective instruction and been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of health and physical educators and advancing professional practice. Together with our 50 state affiliates -- our work directly impacts 50+ million students by helping them be strong in school and in life.



In 2019 SHAPE America piloted a new service-learning program designed to help teach all children how to cope with stress, bullying, and the societal pressures that can negatively affect their daily lives. In addition to education and service, this new program, called health. moves. minds., can also be used to raise funds for your school’s health and physical education program and initiatives.

SHAPE America is proud to be able to offer this opportunity to all schools in the 2020-21 school year. Look for sign up information coming soon!