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Come to “SHAPE UP Nashville – A Day of Play" Saturday, March 24, Free Admission 

RESTON, VA, February 23, 2018 — Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 24, 10 am – 3 pm, when SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators and Shape Up US co-host “SHAPE UP Nashville - A Day of Play.”  The free health and wellness expo, to be held at the Downtown YMCA, 1000 Church Street, is the finale of SHAPE America’s 133rd National Convention & Expo that week at the Music City Center. Open free of charge to the public, the expo is a celebration of 50 Million Strong, SHAPE America’s commitment to putting all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. 

SHAPE UP Nashville is designed to promote wellness, create awareness and educate the public about prevention of heart disease, while providing a day of fun for the entire family. Each exhibitor offers an activity for those who attend the event, providing a variety of activities. Thousands of participants will attend this all-day event, which will include fitness contests, games, cooking demos, food tastings, arts and crafts, inflatables, healthy giveaways, face painting, prizes and much more. 

According to SHAPE America Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Morris, “SHAPE America’s vision is a nation where all children are prepared to lead healthy, physically active lives. What could be better than inviting the families of greater Nashville to come together to enjoy a day of play for all ages.”

Jyl Steinback, executive director of Shape Up US, “We are thrilled to bring this fun health and wellness expo to the families of Nashville. Our booths are educational and interactive.  I especially want to thank the Downtown YMCA for providing us with the perfect setting for 'SHAPE UP Nashville - Day of Play.'"

To participate, contact Steinbeck at 602-996-6300; and learn more by visiting

 The SHAPE America National Convention, held in partnership with SHAPE America Southern District and Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, kicks off Tuesday, March 20 with preconference professional development workshops. The week’s activities include a general session each day, 300 program sessions for health and physical educators and hundreds of exhibitors featuring hundreds of the latest educational and fitness products and services. Among the keynote presenters will be internationally known educator Stephen Ritz, Olympic gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley who is now CEO of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, and the legendary Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics,” and founder of The Cooper institute in Dallas, Texas. University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Emeritus Joan Cronan will be inducted into SHAPE America’s Hall of Fame at the banquet Friday evening.

About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.

SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Active Schools (formerly Let’s Move! Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. For more information, visit

About The NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit:

About NFL FLAG powered by USA Football
NFL FLAG powered by USA Football ( provides opportunities for children ages 5-17 to enjoy America's favorite sport. With more than 400,000 participants nationwide, players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America's dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Visit to learn more.

About GENYOUth
GENYOUth empowers students to create a healthier future for themselves and their peers by convening a network of private and public partners to raise funds for youth wellness initiatives that bolster healthy, high-achieving students, schools and communities nationwide. We believe that all students are change-agents, who deserve the opportunity to identify and lead innovative solutions that positively impact nutrition, physical activity, and student success. For more information about GENYOUth, visit: to learn more.

About USA Football
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