If you want to show your commitment to 50 Million Strong, follow these 2017-18 Steps to Success:

Each month, we’ll give you some suggested action items. To take your first step, just click on the category you want to start with!

Download the digital badge for the category you’re working on and we’ll notify you when new action items are added in the coming months.

Effective Instruction

If you’re working on this step, the objective is to implement an evidence-based, standards-based curriculum with measurable objectives for all students.

Measure impact on student learning through formative and summative assessments — and don’t forget to reflect often and conduct self-evaluations so you are always improving in the classroom!

Month Action Items

March is National Nutrition Month — a great time to implement skills-based activities in your classroom!

Resource tip: If you want to learn more about using a skills-based approach to health education, be sure to attend these informative HE sessions at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Nashville!

February is Heart Month — a great time to teach your students about heart health!

Resource tip: Print out SHAPE America’s free February activity calendar! It’s filled with instant activities that students can do in class and at home — including lots of heart-healthy ideas in honor of Heart Month!

Stop and reflect on your yearly teaching goals.

Ensuring Healthy Behaviors and Physical Activity

If you’re working on this step, the objective is to move beyond your classroom and take the lead in promoting school-wide wellness.

Ensure healthy behaviors and physical activity using a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. This can be a big undertaking depending on the current school environment!

Month Action Items

This March, take the first steps toward creating a healthy nutrition environment in your school!

Resource tip: The first unit in SHAPE America’s Health Education Youth Empowerment Series has lessons on several nutrition topics, including sharing the message of healthy eating. This is a valuable tool for helping your students advocate for healthy nutritional choices — both in and out of school.

Get your whole school involved in Heart Month.

  • Now is a great time to start planning a Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart event! It’s easy to tailor the event to your school size and schedule using SHAPE America’s tips and resources!

Have your students select a healthy resolution to work on this quarter/semester.

  • Incorporate lessons from an existing health unit or have students journal about the steps they would take to develop or maintain health-enhancing behaviors.

Resource tip: Check out SHAPE America’s Health Education Youth Empowerment Series for ideas on how to empower your students to make positive health changes in their own lives and the lives of others.


If you’re working on this step, the objective is to advocate for effective health and physical education at the local, state and national level.

Another component of advocacy is speaking to other health and physical education teachers who are not aware of SHAPE America, 50 Million Strong and the importance of health and physical literacy. To impact an entire nation of children, we’ll need to get all HPE teachers on board!

Month Action Items

Get inspired to take action in your state!

  • You have what it takes to become a stronger advocate for health and physical education. This month, get motivated by reading about the successes of HPE advocates in Minnesota and Georgia. These latest SHAPE America case studies will give you lots of ideas to use in your state!

Resource tip: SHAPE America’s recently redesigned Legislative Action Center has all the tools and resources you’ll need. Check it out today!

SHAPE America’s 2018 SPEAK Out! Day is February 13-14!

  • If you can’t join us on Capitol Hill, support our advocacy efforts by sending an email to your members of Congress, asking them to fully fund the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)! You can also make a huge impact by calling your representatives — in Washington, DC or at their state office — to advocate for ESSA funding.

Resource tip: You can be an advocate for health and physical education! Check out SHAPE America’s 10 Top Tools for Health and Physical Educators to learn how!

Reflect on a moment in the school year that has been especially impactful for your students.

  • Share this story in a letter to your school board to show the impact of HPE on students — or attend the meeting to tell the story in person!

Resource tip: Need inspiration? Visit SHAPE America’s Case Study Library to see how our members are making a positive impact on students’ lives.