SHAPE America

SHAPE America Located in Reston, VA, SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity and school health.
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since being founded 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 and resources to support health and physical educators at every level, and work to make a positive impact on school health and physical education through our state and national advocacy efforts. SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools (now Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. Our Vision A nation where all children are prepared to lead healthy, physically active lives. Our Mission To advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport. SHAPE America’s "50 Million Strong" commitment is to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. We believe that through effective teaching, health and physical educators can help all students develop the ability and confidence to be physically active and make healthy choices for a lifetime. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.

Headquartered in Reston, VA, SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity and school health.

Mission: SHAPE America's mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.

Four Things P.E. Teachers Can Teach Us About Innovative Teaching"But there’s still that question. What can we learn fr...
07/05/2019
Four Things P.E. Teachers Can Teach Us About Innovative Teaching

Four Things P.E. Teachers Can Teach Us About Innovative Teaching

"But there’s still that question. What can we learn from P.E.? This question has also changed my approach to how I conduct workshops and how I teach my university courses and how I taught in my last three years at the middle school level. When that teacher challenged me to learn from P.E. teachers, I began to pay attention to the P.E. teachers in my building. I watched Coach Yancey give more precise feedback than I typically gave. I sat down with my brother-in-law, David (a phenomenal elementary P.E. teacher), and asked him, “What can STEM and journalism teachers learn from P.E. teachers?”

For the last two weeks, I’ve been teaching my brand new cohort of pre-service teachers. Six of them have Physical Education as their primary focus area. They’ve been reminding me, yet again, that P.E. teachers have so much they can teach the “core” subject area teachers. The following are a few lessons master P.E. teachers can offer teachers in other subjects." via John Spencer

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Six years ago, I led my first PBL workshop for a group of high school teachers. It was the summer after my tenth year in the classroom and I felt fairly confident that I could

New Surveys Say Parents and School Principals Think Physical Activity Promotes Better Learning but Fail to Prioritize"Am...
07/03/2019
New Surveys Say Parents and School Principals Think Physical Activity Promotes Better Learning but Fail to Prioritize

New Surveys Say Parents and School Principals Think Physical Activity Promotes Better Learning but Fail to Prioritize

"Among the key findings:

81 percent of parents and 93 percent of principals believe that children and adolescents who are physically active are better learners.

83 percent of principals believe that schools should have the same responsibility for students’ physical, academic and social and emotional learning, but only half said their schools equally address all three.

85 percent of parents said that it is important, very important or extremely important that their child’s school is an active school, yet only 39 percent reported communicating with their child’s principal about it.

Principals provided a different account regarding parent communication with only 12 percent reporting that parents communicated with them about student physical activity." via PRWeb

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CHICAGO (PRWEB) June 13, 2019 -- Surveys from Active Schools and NORC at the University of Chicago show most parents and principals believe physical learning is as important as academic, social and emotional learning.

New York made mental health education mandatory. One year later, how's it going?"The pioneering requirement to educate s...
07/02/2019
New York made mental health education mandatory. One year later, how's it going?

New York made mental health education mandatory. One year later, how's it going?

"The pioneering requirement to educate students about mental health was grounded in the recognition that mental well-being is just as important to overall health as physical health, according to the written justification for the legislation. It also comes amid vast research showing that depression, anxiety and suicide have risen sharply among American teens and young adults over the past decade.

“The drama doesn’t stop anymore at the end of the school day,” said Julianna Hill, 22, referring to the role that technology and social media plays in the lives of young Americans. Hill is a youth peer advocate with Mental Health Advocates of Western New York who has struggled with mental illness herself." via WBFO

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July 1 marks one year of New York State’s first-in-the-country mandate that schools incorporate mental health into K-12 health education. Officials and

Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines Associated with Reduction in [Mortality]"After examining data from more than 14,000...
06/28/2019
Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines Associated with Reduction in Morality

Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines Associated with Reduction in [Mortality]

"After examining data from more than 14,000, a recent study found that keeping or becoming physically active during middle and older age can lower a person’s risk of death, regardless of existing health conditions.

Investigators from the University of Cambridge found that meeting and maintaining minimum recommended fitness levels, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), could potentially prevent 46% of deaths associated with physical inactivity." via MD Mag

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After examining a cohort of 14,599 people, investigators found that meeting minimum physical activity guidelines could prevent 46% of deaths at population level. 

Abbotsford school says run program improves students' focus, behaviour"A learning support services coordinator at Abbots...
06/27/2019
Abbotsford school says run program improves students' focus, behaviour

Abbotsford school says run program improves students' focus, behaviour

"A learning support services coordinator at Abbotsford Christian Elementary School, Enns has turned to one of her own passions – running – to help kids who struggle with focus and behaviour.

The school’s “treadmill program” involves about 40 students, some of whom spend at least 20 minutes each day running on one of three donated treadmills.

The simple program has attracted attention from the school district, other schools and teachers who are seeking ways to help their students with self-regulation and anger management issues, as well as students with neurological differences, such as autism." via Vancouversun.com

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Struggling to help a student with severe anxiety, educator Wendy Enns turned to one of her own passions: running

Congratulations to longtime member, Sandy Zimmerman, on her amazing Ninja Warrior achievement! Sandy became the first mo...
06/26/2019
Mother Of 3 Makes History On 'American Ninja Warrior'

Congratulations to longtime member, Sandy Zimmerman, on her amazing Ninja Warrior achievement! Sandy became the first mother to complete the course on NBC Monday night.

Phys Ed Teacher Becomes First Mother To Complete ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Course

"Sandy Zimmerman was so thrilled to make history on Monday’s “American Ninja Warrior” that she celebrated before she finished.

She dangled by one hand from the last obstacle ― a steep wall ― and pumped her fist to raucous reaction from the announcers and the crowd. Then she hoisted herself up to push the buzzer and make it official." via HuffPost

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We highlighted Sandy in Momentum previously, read "The Power of Grit" featuring an exclusive Q&A with Sandy.
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Determining role of exercise in child’s health"Washington: The importance of keeping ourselves physically active can't...
06/25/2019
Determining role of exercise in child’s health

Determining role of exercise in child’s health

"Washington: The importance of keeping ourselves physically active can't be undermined and many adults do exercise to keep themselves healthy and fit. However, when it comes to children, we overlook the role exercise plays for their health and wellbeing.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, children aged six and older need at least an hour a day of physical activity. The exercise should include either moderate or vigorous aerobic activity with time devoted to strong activity should be at least three days a week. Besides, the children should also do muscle and bone strengthening at least thrice in seven days." via Deccan Chronicle

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How much exercise kids need to do to stay fit and healthy.

Teacher incorporates Latin dance into physical education class"If you want to shake up the daily routine, try dancing cu...
06/24/2019
Teacher incorporates Latin dance into physical education class

Teacher incorporates Latin dance into physical education class

"If you want to shake up the daily routine, try dancing cumbia.

That’s what a physical education teacher at a primary school in central Oaxaca decided to do.

In a video that went viral on social media, Diego Cortez instructs a group of at least 14 students of mixed grade levels in his Latin rhythms class, directing the children in their first basic steps and turns." via Mexico News Daily

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If you want to shake up the daily routine, try dancing cumbia.That's what a physical education teacher at a primary school in Oaxaca decided to do.

MD’s Anne Arundel County Schools Celebrate New Unified PE and Dance CoursesAs a large school system, Maryland’s Anne...
06/22/2019

MD’s Anne Arundel County Schools Celebrate New Unified PE and Dance Courses

As a large school system, Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) has always looked for ways to provide a world-class curriculum to all students. Part of the county school system’s strategic plan includes efforts to reach a vision where “all means ALL.”

In the physical education program, educators have strived to make the classroom a place where all students are welcome and experience success — a demanding task considering class sizes of 40 students, small spaces, and teachers who have little to no experience working with students with disabilities.

The teachers also want physical education to be meaningful and fun because — particularly at the secondary level — it is typically the only class that students with disabilities have with their peers. However, despite offering a variety of fitness-based course options for high school students, AACPS physical education teachers continued to have a difficult time providing a meaningful experience for students with disabilities.

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Unified Physical Education Part 2: Simple Strategies to Get StartedIn this follow-up to Mike Messerole’s recent blog p...
06/21/2019

Unified Physical Education Part 2: Simple Strategies to Get Started

In this follow-up to Mike Messerole’s recent blog post on Unified Physical Education, you’ll learn about the components of a Unified Physical Education course as well as some tips for designing and implementing a Unified PE course in your school.

The Unified PE concept can be integrated into an existing general physical education course (e.g., Fitness for Life, Outdoor Education, Aerobic Conditioning) or used to create a new course. Regardless of how the course is created or integrated, the goal is to have — as close as possible — a class with an equal number of students with disabilities and peers without disabilities.

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health. moves. minds. is coming‼️Check out the 10 reasons to participate in #healthmovesmindsSign up 👉 http://hea...
06/20/2019

health. moves. minds. is coming‼️

Check out the 10 reasons to participate in #healthmovesminds

Sign up 👉 http://healthmovesminds.org

Obesity rates falling among low-income preschoolers: 'It gives us hope'"While childhood obesity remains a serious proble...
06/20/2019
Obesity rates drop among low-income children, study says

Obesity rates falling among low-income preschoolers: 'It gives us hope'

"While childhood obesity remains a serious problem in the United States, an "encouraging" new study finds that obesity rates among low-income preschoolers have declined.

The prevalence of obesity among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the nation's Women, Infants and Children nutrition program fell from 15.9% in 2010 to 13.9% in 2016, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA." via CNN

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Obesity rates among two- to four-year-old children in the United States enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program fell from 15.9% in 2010 to 13.9% in 2016, a new study finds.

It is not too early to start planning for health. moves. minds.We have collected some ideas from our wonderful pilot sch...
06/19/2019

It is not too early to start planning for health. moves. minds.

We have collected some ideas from our wonderful pilot schools to help you build out your program as we get ready for our August launch! Check out some ideas for celebratory & school-wide engagement including Mindfulness Week, No-Phone Day/Week, Fun Walks or Fun Runs and more!

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Exercise, Powerful and Overlooked"More and more, physicians, medical centers, insurance companies and others within the ...
06/18/2019
Exercise, Powerful and Overlooked – InsideSources

Exercise, Powerful and Overlooked

"More and more, physicians, medical centers, insurance companies and others within the U.S. health care delivery system are realizing that what happens in the doctor’s office or hospital cannot compensate for all the other factors that significantly affect a person’s health and well-being.

Many healthcare providers and payers, in fact, are taking action, partnering with community organizations and implementing programs to address the social determinants of health within the ZIP codes where they do business.

Expressively stated in Healthy People 2020: “Our health is also determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be.”" via InsideSources

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They refer to it as upstream. It’s where it all starts. That is, those things that influence how well we’ll be able to weather life. Social determinants

STRONG SUPPORT FOR EXPANDING MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN NJ SCHOOLS"Lawmakers seem to share his concern. The Assembly Edu...
06/17/2019
Strong Support for Expanding Mental Health Education in NJ Schools - NJ Spotlight

STRONG SUPPORT FOR EXPANDING MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN NJ SCHOOLS

"Lawmakers seem to share his concern. The Assembly Education Committee voted unanimously Monday in favor of legislation designed to create a mental health curriculum for public schools that would begin in kindergarten and run through high school. The Senate approved the proposal 34-0 in March; the Democratic-sponsored measure now heads to the full Assembly for a final vote.

Current standards in the Garden State stipulate that public schools must include lessons on how mental health impacts overall wellness; they also specify that instruction on suicide awareness and prevention be given as part of comprehensive health and physical education. And in 2016, New Jersey adopted legislation that required mental health and suicide prevention on college campuses." via NJ Spotlight

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Members of Assembly committee vote for age-appropriate mental health curriculum in public schools, beginning in kindergarten

With growing calls for more mental health services, states tackle school counselor caseloads"The decision by CUSD and ot...
06/14/2019
With growing calls for more mental health services, states tackle school counselor caseloads

With growing calls for more mental health services, states tackle school counselor caseloads

"The decision by CUSD and other districts across California to hire more counselors has reduced average counselor-to-student ratios statewide from some of the highest in the country, at more than 1,000-to-1 in 2010-11, to 663-to-1 — still much higher than the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) recommended 250-to-1 standard, but a significant reduction nonetheless." via Education Dive: K12

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A 250-to-1 ratio is recommended, but it's much higher in many states — Arizona peaks at 905-to-1. And funds aren't always available to help lower the numbers.

Students receive lesson in mindfulness"Students at Castleton Elementary School got a lesson in mindfulness from a voice ...
06/13/2019
Students receive lesson in mindfulness

Students receive lesson in mindfulness

"Students at Castleton Elementary School got a lesson in mindfulness from a voice well-known to them.

New York Times best-selling children’s author Susan Verde visited the school last month and engaged with students on many topics, including how to express compassion and empathy.

Children at the school have been participating in weekly mindfulness lessons, and Verde’s books compliment the curriculum." via Times-Union Media

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Students at Castleton Elementary School got a lesson in mindfulness from a voice well-known to them. New York Times best-selling children’s author Susan Verde visited the school last month and enga…

More than 50K Brooklyn students aren’t getting enough physical education"Brooklyn kids are seriously lacking when it c...
06/12/2019
More than 50K Brooklyn students aren't getting enough physical education

More than 50K Brooklyn students aren’t getting enough physical education

"Brooklyn kids are seriously lacking when it comes to physical education, data shows.

The borough comes in third percentage-wise (23 percent of all Brooklyn students don’t get enough PE, as opposed to 34 percent of Manhattan students and 25 percent of Bronx students), but that percentage represents the highest number of children citywide: 58,213.

The data, provided by the Department of Education and broken down by the City Council, examines the number of students who do and do not meet the respective PE requirements for elementary, middle and high schools for the 2017-18 school year." via Brooklyn Eagle

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Brooklyn kids are seriously lacking when it comes to physical education, data shows. The borough comes in third percentage-wise (23 percent of all Brooklyn students don’t get enough PE, as opposed to 34 percent of Manhattan students and 25 percent of Bronx students), but that percentage represents...

Preschoolers' physical activity can have impact on heart health later in life: study"A new study out of McMaster Univers...
06/11/2019
Preschoolers' physical activity can have impact on heart health later in life: study

Preschoolers' physical activity can have impact on heart health later in life: study

"A new study out of McMaster University suggests the physical activity of children as young as three can have an impact on their heart health later in life.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics and funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, examined the heart health of 400 children between the ages of three and five to determine whether physical activity has an impact on their cardiovascular health.

Over the course of three years, the researchers had the children occasionally run on a treadmill while they were tested for three markers of heart health: cardiovascular fitness, arterial stiffness and blood pressure. " via CTV News

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A new study out of McMaster University suggests the physical activity of children as young as three can have an impact on their heart health later in life.

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