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.


‘Fit Kids Fit Future’ Teaches Key Movements for Life

What percentage of children and adults can do a push-up, chin-up, lunge, air squat, or touch their toes? The number might surprise you, says Tammy Alcott, SHAPE America member and recently retired physical education (PE) teacher from Waterville Junior-Senior High School in Waterville, NY.


Luther College’s ‘Project ResPEct’ Fosters Beneficial Collaborations Between HPE Undergrads and Alumni

As undergraduates, future health and physical education teachers seldom have an opportunity to work closely with local alumni who can mentor them and provide hands-on experience as they explore and develop their own unique teaching style.


S.C. ‘FIGHT Club’ Members Lose Pounds and Gain Fitness, Fun and Camaraderie

If high school students want to be active after school, their only choice is usually athletics — but many simply aren’t comfortable participating in sports with their highly skilled peers. “Overweight students may have had particularly bad experiences in PE and grapple with a variety of emotional, social and physical issues.

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Students in Baton Rouge Elementary School Get a “Jump” Start on Learning

Richardson used the techniques at her former teaching job to alleviate students’ mental fatigue during annual, four-hour achievement tests. When school-wide test scores rose a full point that first year and another four points by the third year, the administration was convinced that Richardson was on to something.

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Classroom Breakfasts and Fun Workouts Prepare Helena, MT Elementary Students for a Healthy, Productive School Day

Rossiter Elementary School Nurse found herself overwhelmed by the number of students coming into her office after the morning bell rang. They complained of stomachaches and headaches, but had no fever. “Are you hungry?” she asked them.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Video-Game Technology Gives Fitness a High-Tech Boost at Ohio Elementary School

When schools want to create innovative physical education and health initiatives, finding funding can be a challenge — and when they find it, they face the daunting decision of how best to spend it.

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Wellness Unites Students, Employees at Richmond, VA’s Collegiate School

It may sound like a utopian ideal, but at the independent K-12 Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, the “wellness bug” that caught on more than 12 years ago has positively infected the entire 1,600-student, 425-staff school community.

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

With the passage of the 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 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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