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About Our Goals

In March 2015, SHAPE America launched 50 Million Strong to prepare all children to lead active and healthy lives. Soon after, we formed the 50 Million Strong Measurement and Evaluation Task Force — headed by Dolly Lambdin, past president of SHAPE America to identify the goals that would measure success for this grand initiative. After much deliberation and consideration of feedback from members, goals were identified for each of the areas below:

All Kids Physically Active

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services developed the National Physical Activity Guidelines in 2008. Physical activity is critical for overall health at every age. Specifically, kids who are active for at least 60 minutes/day are on a path to better physical and mental health.

Targets Indicators Current Data*

1.1

By 2029, all students (preK-12) participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity at least 1 day/week that increases their heart rate enough to breathe hard at least some of the time.

1.1.1

% of students that participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity at least 1 day/week that increases their heart rate enough to breathe hard at least some of the time.

85.7%

1.2

By 2029, all students (preK-12) participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days/week that increases their heart rate enough to breathe hard at least some of the time.

1.2.1

% of students that participated in physical activity for at least 60 minutes at least 5 days/week, increasing their heart rate enough to breathe hard at least some of the time.

48.6%

1.3

By 2029, all students (preK-12) participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity 7 days/week that increases their heart rate enough to breathe hard at least some of the time.

1.3.1

% of students that participated in physical activity for at least 60 minutes 7 days/week, increasing their heart rate enough to breathe hard at least some of the time.

27.1%

Making Healthy Choices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. These behaviors are listed below and are evaluated nationally every two years through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

Our objectives are to get all students:

  • Meeting guidelines for dietary behaviors, including consumption of fruits, vegetables, added sugars and fats.
  • Meeting guidelines for sleep.
  • Reducing long bouts of sedentary time.
  • Decreasing sexual risk behaviors.
  • Increasing safety and injury prevention behaviors.
  • Decreasing use of tobacco/alcohol/drugs.
Targets Indicators Current Data*

2.1

By 2029, all students will meet guidelines for dietary behaviors.

2.1.1

% of students consuming fruit or 100% fruit juices 3+ times per day every day.

20%

2.1.2

% of students consuming vegetables 3+ times per day every day.

Note: Vegetables include green salad, potatoes, carrots or other vegetables. Vegetables do not include French fries, fried potatoes, or potato chips.

14.8%

2.1.3

% of students who consumed a sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day.

62.9%**

2.2

By 2029, all students will meet guidelines for adequate hours of sleep.

2.2.1

% of students who did not have at least 8 hours of sleep on an average school night.

72.7%

2.3

By 2029, all students will reduce long bouts of sedentary time.

2.3.1

% of students who play video games or use a computer for something that is not for school work for 3+ hours on an average school day.

41.7%

2.3.2

% of students who watch television for more than 3 hours on an average school day.

24.7%

2.4

By 2029, all students will decrease sexual risk behaviors.

2.4.1

% of students who have ever had sexual intercourse.

41.2%

2.4.2

% of students who report not using a condom during sexual intercourse.

56.9%

2.5

By 2029, all students will meet guidelines for safety and injury prevention behaviors.

2.5.1

% of students who never or rarely wore a bicycle helmet during the past 12 months.

81.4%

2.5.2

% of students who texted or e-mailed while driving a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days.

41.5%

2.5.3

% of students who were bullied on school property during the past year.

20.2%

2.5.4

% of students who felt sad or hopeless almost every day for 2+ weeks during the past 12 months.

29.9%

2.6

By 2029, all students will meet guidelines for decreasing use of tobacco/alcohol/drugs.

2.6.1

% of students who currently smoke cigarettes (at least 1 day during the past 30 days).

10.8%

2.6.2

% of students who currently use electronic vapor products (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pipes, vaping pens, e-hookahs, and hookah pens) on at least 1 day during the past 30 days.

24.1%

2.6.3

% of students who currently use smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip) on at least 1 day during the past 30 days.

7.3%

2.6.4

% of students who currently drink alcohol (have consumed at least one drink during the past 30 days).

32.8%

2.6.5

% of students who have consumed 5+ drinks of alcohol within a couple of hours in a 30-day period.

17.7%

2.6.6

% of students who currently use marijuana (1+ times during the past 30 days).

21.7%

2.6.7

% of students who ever took prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription (e.g., Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax). 1+

16.8%

Positive Policies That Support HPE

Influence support for the HPE professions by advocating for positive HPE policies and practices at the federal, state and local levels.

Positive PE Policies
The physical education policies and practices below have been identified by SHAPE America and supported by the CDC and Voices for Healthy Kids as those that support improvement in students’ health and well-being:

  • Every student is required to take daily physical education in grades K-12, with instruction periods totaling 150 minutes/week in elementary and 225 minutes/week in middle and high school.
  • School districts and schools require full inclusion of all students in physical education.
  • School districts and schools do not allow waivers from physical education class time or credit requirements.
  • School districts and schools do not allow student exemptions from physical education class time or credit requirements.
  • School districts and schools prohibit students from substituting other activities (e.g., JROTC, interscholastic sports) for physical education class time or credit requirements.
  • Physical education class size is consistent with that of other subject areas and aligns with school district and school teacher/student ratio policy.
  • Physical activity is not assigned or withheld as punishment.
  • Physical education is taught by a state-licensed or state-certified teacher who is endorsed to teach physical education.

Positive HE Policies (in development)
SHAPE America is currently working to identify health education policies and practices that support students’ health and well-being. Stay tuned!

Targets Indicators Current Data*

3.1

Every student is required to take daily physical education in grades K-12, with instruction periods totaling 150 minutes/week in elementary and 225 minutes/week in middle and high school.

3.1.1

% of states that require students to take daily physical education in grades K-12 with instruction periods totaling 150 minutes/week in elementary and 225 minutes/week in middle and high school.

ES – 11.8%
MS – 5.9%
HS – 0%

3.2

States do not allow waivers from physical education class time or credit requirements.

3.2.1

% of states that allow waivers from physical education class time or credit requirements.

29.4%

3.3

States do not allow student exemptions from physical education class time or credit requirements.

3.3.1

% of states that allow student exemptions from physical education class time or credit requirements.

60%

3.4

States prohibit students from substituting other activities (e.g., JROTC, interscholastic sports) for physical education class time or credit requirements.

3.4.1

% of states that allow students to substitute other activities (e.g., JROTC, interscholastic sports) for physical education class time or credit requirements.

62%

3.5

Physical education class size is consistent with that of other subject areas’ teacher/student ratio.

3.5.1

% of states in which physical education class size is consistent with that of other subject areas’ teacher/student ratio.

31.4%

States that reported the state-specified student-teacher ratio is applicable to physical education classes

3.6

Physical activity is not assigned or withheld as punishment.

3.6.1

% of states that do not assign or withhold physical activity as punishment.

19.6%

States that prohibit withholding PA as a punishment for students

25.5%

States that prohibit using PA as a form of punishment

3.7

Physical education is taught by a state-licensed or state-certified teacher who is endorsed to teach physical education.

3.7.1

% of states in which physical education is taught by a state-licensed or state-certified teacher who is endorsed to teach physical education.

ES – 71.4%
MS – 87.8%
HS – 98%

National Health Education and Physical Education Standards

  • SHAPE America’s position is that achievement of the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education indicates that students are prepared to lead a physically active life.
  • SHAPE America’s position is that achievement of the National Health Education Standards indicates that students have the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Look for more information coming soon.