National Guidelines

SHAPE America believes every child in the United States deserves both a quality physical education and physical activity program. Learn the difference between physical activity and physical education.
Physical Activity Guidelines
SHAPE America recommends school-age children accumulate at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity per day while avoiding prolonged periods of inactivity. Learn more...
Physical Education Guidelines
SHAPE America recommends that schools provide 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year. Learn more...

Position Statements & Resources