Schools Across the Country to Participate in National Physical Education & Sport Week, May 1-7

RESTON, VA, April 13, 2015 — SHAPE America today announced that during National Physical Education & Sport Week, celebrated May 1-7, schools across the country will join together to get students moving. The organization sponsors the week each year as a way to bring attention to the value of physical education and physical activity in the lives of children and adults. It also serves as the kickoff to National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, sponsored by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, #MoveInMay.

“We urge every school in the country to coordinate a physical activity event during National Physical Education & Sport Week,” says SHAPE America President Steve Jefferies of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. “We want to motivate students to jump start their physical activity routine.”

This year, the theme for the week is “50 Million Strong by 2029,” which highlights SHAPE America’s commitment to ensuring 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 good health and meaningful physical activity.

To help schools celebrate National Physical Education & Sport Week, SHAPE America has created a special National Physical Education & Sport Week website featuring opportunities to engage, activate and advocate for physical education and physical activity. In addition to a variety of activity ideas for elementary and secondary grade levels, the website includes a sample press release, social media messages and a proclamation, as well as a Certificate of Participation that teachers can distribute to students.

As a co-managing partner of Let’s Move! Active Schools, SHAPE America is also promoting first lady Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive Challenge. As part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the first lady is encouraging people across the country to share, via social media, five things they are doing to eat better, be more active and lead a healthier life.

“No one is better prepared to get kids healthier and more physically active than K-12 health and physical education teachers,” says Jefferies. “Collectively as a profession we regularly spend time with students during the most significant developmental years of their lives. We are the first to develop relationships that will lead students to valuing their health and active lifestyles.”

As part of “50 Million Strong by 2029,” SHAPE America recently released two new guidance documents: Essential Components of Physical Education defines the four essential components of physical education and raises awareness for the critical policies and practices that guide school districts and schools in addressing students’ education needs; and Appropriate Practices for Health Education 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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