Approximately 50 million students are currently enrolled in America’s elementary and secondary schools (grades pre–K to 12).
SHAPE America and NJAHPERD want to ensure that by the time today’s youngest students graduate from high school in 2029, all of America’s children are empowered to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. We call this commitment
50 MILLION STRONG by 2029.
Moving ideas into action 50 Million Strong is a call to action for all of America’s health and physical educators to unite and focus on a common purpose — getting all of the nation’s children physically active, enthusiastic and committed to making healthy lifestyle choices.Find out more
How America’s Physical Educators Can Succeed with 50 Million Strong by 2029
Downloadable informational brochure.
Make the commitment and register your school! Click on the logo below!
Let's Move! Active Schools initiative is to help schools provide a comprehensive school physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation so that youth will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.
Be a Champion for your students and join the MOVEment! Ensure that your school provides a comprehensive school physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation.
Register now as an Active School and receive periodic updates about this important initiative.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program will provide you with access to a robust selection of resources that will help students engage in their own health and fitness, including a health-related assessment(FitnessGram), companion educational and motivational tools, training materials and awards. Funding is available for FitnessGram through NJAHPERD.
PYFP archived webinars
Physical Education & Sport Week Daily Activities for the Week
Ideas to promote a LMAS!
- Toolbox for teachers & coaches
- Morning announcements; kids exercise in homerooms
- Create an exercise video – show during homeroom; have teachers exercise with the students
- Exercise breaks during the school day
- Use Jammin’ Minute for elementary schools; free to register
- Use Jam Blast for MS/HS; free to register
- Contact a University near your school district to come over and teach after school activities
- Set up an empty classroom with exercise equipment
- Set up Biggest Loser programs for teachers
- Start a dance club, fitness club, yoga or walking program for teachers
- Analyze the food in the cafeteria
- Staff created “soup days” once per month; teachers would provide the recipe for staff as well as soup in the teachers room
- Family Wellness Night; cooperative activities, games, Fitnessgram stations
- Health Fairs for students and parents
- Healthy Food tasting; provided by Whole Foods
- Fun Fit Night; Zumba, Karate, Boot camp, Yoga
- 20 Wellness stations for families
- Run Jump Throw event for your school or community
- Energy Balance 101
- Health & Wellness Day with area hospital
- Start a wellness committee
- Fitness Field Day; Rita’s will donate fat free ice cream
- Have students in a classroom sit on stability balls instead of chairs
- Physical Education & Sport Week; whole school activities
- Got Milk commercials
- Taste test healthy snacks
- Start a Healthy Snack Shack after school; proceeds donated
Get Involved - Be a Force
Advocacy efforts that promote our profession and its disciplines of health, physical education, recreation, dance and sport will always be one of our professional responsibilities. The moment we become too comfortable and do not work to improve our programs, will be the same moment others notice that our programs are not up to date and could easily be replaced with something more innovative and current. We cannot assume that others are as passionate about what we have to offer in our programs. Our advocacy efforts need to focus on communicating the benefits of what we do in a different way than we have before. Others have heard our mission, to provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live a healthy active life and they may even agree that this is important and necessary. However, when push comes to shove for time, space, money and human resources, our mission becomes rhetorical, not a reality.
What can you do? What will you do?
Create new ways to communicate your program benefits and goals. Pay attention to TV commercials and Internet advertisements to see what they are doing to get their message across. How have they adopted their message to address the social concerns about the economy, going green, cultural diversity, or the political climate? Have you considered using social networking as a tool to reach others? What can you do that is low cost, effective, and allows your voice to be heard? Here are a few ideas that can jump start your advocacy efforts.
Be involved in community, school, or workplace Committees that may not be specifically focused on your discipline.
This is a way to find out what others are thinking and their priorities. You may find that what you know and can offer could lead to a solution and present another perspective. For example, if your school is focused on celebrating Read Across America, Poetry Month, Arts Month, or Black History Month, offer to create physical activities that integrate the theme of the event. Then inform your colleagues about National Physical Education and Sport Week, International Dance Week, or National Recreation Day and help them plan ways to celebrate in their classroom or school wide.
Create your own Stimulus Package.
Organize a health fair or physical activity event that emphasizes the importance of physically active lifestyles for people of all ages. Offer an in-service training to educate non-PE teachers on ways to build activity into their curricula. Keep administrators informed about the latest research on the benefits of physical activity. Share information in newsletters and on your website about the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Click on http://www.health.gov/paguidelines to find more information about this. The Federal Government recently issued the first ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. They describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offers substantial health benefits to Americans.
Know the Buzzwords.
Getting involved and being a team player means you need to know the buzzwords that are relevant to your workplace. Ever wondered what educators mean when they refer to "authentic assessment" or "Bloom's Taxonomy"? Education, like all professions, has a specialized vocabulary that parents and others may have a difficult time understanding. This online dictionary, A Lexicon of Learning, provides clear definitions of educational terms in everyday language: Lexicons of_Learning
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a voluntary certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. NJAHPERD leadership served on the Physical Activity Task Force and provided guidance.
Members are encouraged to get involved in the process, so that your school is recognized!
Areas you may have expertise in include....
FOOD & NUTRITION
Healthy Food Choices
Promote Locally Grown Foods
Safe Routes to School District Policy
School Travel Plan for walking & biking
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Promotion Initiatives Safe Driving Awareness Programs for High School Students
STUDENT & STAFF WELLNESS
School Wellness Council*
School Health Assessment Policies to Promote Physical Activity
Programs to Promote Activity
Staff Wellness Program
CDC School Wellness Policies