Throughout the country, SHAPE America members are leading effective health education, physical education and physical activity programs that make a difference! Share these examples of best practices with school administrators, parents and legislators.

Hear How It’s Done: Kentucky Health and PE Teachers Mobilize to Get a Seat at the ESSA Table

With the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in late 2015, health and physical education are now rightly considered critical components of a student’s well-rounded education — but there are no guarantees that funding will funnel to health and physical education (HPE) or that these programs will be prioritized without aggressive and strategic action.
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Changing School Cultures Through Unified Physical Education

Through adapted physical education classes, students with special needs have the opportunity to safely and successfully participate in physical education, and learn fitness and wellness skills. However, for students with visual and hearing impairments, autism, or other disabilities, inclusion remains a challenge.


Let the Games Begin: Recess at Thomasville Primary School Makes Every Student a Winner

A wellness team headed by Healthy Eating Active Living Coordinator (HEAL) Alyson Shoaf embarked on radical recess reform, beginning with grant-supported training from Playworks on recess. Major changes required full teacher engagement and the enthusiastic support of the administration.

Just Add Water: ‘Anchors Away’ Program Transforms Miami-Dade Students With Disabilities

Miami-Dade Public Schools PE teacher Annie Perez was seeking something that would inspire and motivate students with disabilities. “Children with disabilities are often overlooked outside of the traditional school setting.

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Walking the Walk: High School Principal Champions PE as Foundation for Lifelong Fitness

A vocal proponent of lifelong physical activity, the Vermont educator “walks the walk” — quite literally — by conducting meetings and phone conversations from the treadmill that replaces his office desk and chair.

Students FliP for PE at Oak Hill High School in Maine

Relatively few high school students participate in team sports, and fewer still receive scholarships to play at the college level. Yet physical education traditionally has focused on team sports and rewarded athletically gifted students for their skill, leaving other students to lose interest after fulfilling the mandatory requirement.


Milwaukee Schools Team Up With United Way and Community to Reduce Teen Pregnancy by 56%

For several decades, Milwaukee’s teen pregnancy rate had far exceeded the national average; by 2005, the city ranked second in the nation. State taxpayers bore 85 percent of the cost of teen births.

All Second-Graders Learn to Ride a Bike in Washington, D.C. Public Schools

Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage many children take for granted — but not necessarily in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as the District of Columbia, where many parents may not know how to ride a bike.


Program Proves More Recess Improves Academic Performance and Behavior

According to a long-accepted U.S. educational paradigm, schools have been cutting down on breaks to squeeze in more instructional time in the classroom, believing it improves academic performance.

Tahoma High School Integrates Physical Education With Science & Literature in the Great Outdoors

For a decade, Tahoma High School physical education teacher and SHAPE America member Tracy Krause observed that a large segment of his high school students did not elect to take a physical education class beyond the required two years.
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