SHAPE America Launces “50 Million Strong by 2029”

During SHAPE America’s recent National Convention & Expo in Seattle, the organization announced a clear purpose going forward: To get all school-aged students in America physically active and healthy. They call this “50 Million Strong by 2029,” its commitment to ensure that by the time today’s preschoolers graduate from high school in 2029, all of America’s students are benefitting from the skills, knowledge, confidence, desire and opportunities to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity.

Research shows that today’s youth are more sedentary than ever, and that physical inactivity is the cause of many health problems. SHAPE America is committed to providing health and physical educators with the resources they need to teach young people about the benefits of living a physically active and healthy life.

“Physical activity in schools provides many benefits to students, including improvement in academic achievement, test scores, attention, concentration and on-task behavior,” says SHAPE America President Steve Jefferies. “A comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP), with physical education at the foundation, will provide our youth with the knowledge and skills to be active for a lifetime, and assures them the opportunities to engage in 60 minutes of physical activity associated with the school day.”

As part of “50 Million by 2029,” SHAPE America recently released two new guidance documents. The first is Essential Components of Physical Education. By defining the four essential components of physical education — policy and environment, curriculum, appropriate instruction and student assessment — we can raise awareness for the critical policies and practices that guide school districts and schools in addressing students’ education needs.

The second guidance document is Appropriate Practices for Health Education. It gives teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists and teacher trainers a detailed blueprint for designing and delivering health education that meets national, state and local standards and frameworks.

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