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High School Students Find Value in Health and Physical Education

RESTON, VA, Aug. 1, 2022 — SHAPE America ‒ Society of Health and Physical Educators today announced highlights from a recent myOptions®/SHAPE America research study, which reveals valuable insight into the attitudes of high school students toward health and physical education (HPE).

The study, which was conducted during the 2021-2022 academic year, includes a national sample of 32,159 high school students. The results show that most high school students currently participating in health and physical education classes have a positive perception of HPE and its impact on their lives in and out of school.

  • More than half of students report that HPE is important to their future health, as well as a variety of additional benefits such as: helps me work well with others (45.3%); relieves stress (42.6%); teaches me to accept and respect myself and others (32.7%); gives me confidence (30.1%); helps me to be a better student (28.1%); and helps me focus (27.0%).
  • High school students also report developing beneficial skills in health and physical education class that are useful in their lives, such as: skills necessary to play sports or be physically active (70.9%); importance of being physically active (64.6%); how to set fitness goals and maintain fitness levels (54.6%); making smart decisions on behaviors that impact health (53.3%); setting goals to enhance health (51.9%); and practicing behaviors that enhance and reduce risks (44.4%).

“These results show that young people see the value of embracing a healthy and physically active lifestyle,” says SHAPE America President Kymm Ballard of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. “It’s important for parents, administrators and legislators to prioritize health and physical education. Students’ well-being depends on it.”

An infographic of the survey results is available for download.


About myOptions®
myOptions® Encourage, part of a non-profit organization, is the nation’s largest no-cost voluntary college and career planning program. myOptions started with the belief that every student should be encouraged on their journey to college and career success. As a team of former educators and counselors, we’ve been committed to building a path for students to achieve their dreams for over 40 years. Since then, myOptions has continued to provide valuable tools and resources to millions of students, their parents, and high school faculty and staff nationwide. For more information, please visit

About SHAPE America
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 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. Additionally, the organization helped develop and owns the National Health Education Standards. For more information, visit

Student Perceptions of HPE Infographic

SHAPE America Student Perceptions Infographic 2022
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