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Fitness testing and awards have been used in physical education classrooms for over 50 years. While their initial intention was to promote physical activity engagement, analyses show they are not achieving their goal. This article from a recent issue of JOPERD highlights fitness testing awards and the need to re-evaluate how they can help meet the physical activity guidelines for children ages 5 to 15 years.



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Check out the latest health and physical education calendars for activities your students can do throughout the month. These new calendars include popular activities like Snake Breath, Musical Frogs, Eat Your Colors, and much more. Available for both elementary and secondary grade levels, these calendars are great to share with students and families! You can also download the calendars in Spanish.


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NDSU’s Master’s in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport is delivered 100% online asynchronously (global applicants welcome)! Degree completion requires 30 total credits (9 required and 21 elective) and is extremely affordable ($14,600; all tuition and fees included)! Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis and may start any semester!


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SHAPE America has just released two new on-demand webinars — free to members and non-members — that dive into the changes found in both sets of new national standards. In , members of the National Physical Education Standards Task Force also demonstrate standards-based activities that align with the new grade-span learning indicators. In , task force members also show how to transition your instruction with the new standards and performance indicators by putting them into practice.


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SHAPE America’s Leading Healthy Schools program offers free professional development and coaching to leaders who are passionate about improving the health and wellness of their school community. The program offers national networking, access to resources, and professional learning experiences for principals, assistant principals, directors, and deans. We are currently enrolling for our 2024-2025 cohort.


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SHAPE America is seeking a partner to serve as the PE Equipment Sponsor for all Implementing the New SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards workshops. The deadline to submit all proposals is May 17.


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FREE PD courses focused on important health-related topics for teens and tweens. Take one or all in FDA’s Science and Our Food Supply series: Nutrition, Dietary Supplements, Agricultural Biotechnology. Food Safety available in summer 2024. Earn one CEU per course. Approximate time investment: 10 hours. For information and registration, click .

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In celebration of National PE & Sport week, here is a special three-episode mini-series of Unplugged, with SHAPE America CEO Stephanie Morris:

  • — Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University & Chair of the Sport Steering Committee for the National Physical Activity Alliance
  • — Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
  • — Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Development Program

If you currently lead or serve on your school or district's wellness committee — or are looking to establish one — you are invited to participate in SHAPE America’s brand-new online community. As a member of this free community, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to advance healthy school efforts grounded in equitable policies and practices. If interested, or join community facilitators for an at 2 p.m. ET.


On May 9 at 7 p.m. ET, Advocates for Youth will host a webinar that guides teachers in how to answer questions about Opill, the first birth control pills in America that anyone can buy without a prescription. This webinar is primarily geared toward educators who teach a sex ed unit, but any teacher, school administrator, or anyone interacting with young people regularly may attend.


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The benefits of physical fitness for kids spill over into their mental health, new research shows. Getting plenty of exercise may guard against depressive symptoms, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study published April 29 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found. And the more exercise, the better: Higher performance in cardiovascular activities, strength and muscular endurance were each associated with even greater protection against mental health issues.


K-12 Dive

State boards of education are well-positioned to support local efforts to initiate or expand media literacy and digital citizenship in K-12 classrooms as concerns grow that students are ill-prepared to engage effectively in civil public discourse, according to a paper from the National Association of State Boards of Education. Additionally, students are spending more time online — both in and out of school — so it’s essential that they are taught about digital wellness and how to think critically about images and messages, NASBE said.



May is Mental Health Awareness Month and National Adolescent Health Month, a good time to view new resources from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), including new implementation tools for its school mental health action guide.


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