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  SHAPE America Announces 50 Million Strong by 2029

   Steve Jefferies, pelinks4u publisher

Today is your day,
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

(Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

At the recent SHAPE America National Convention in Seattle, President Dolly Lambdin made a historical announcement. During Wednesday's opening General Session following an opening message from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dolly informed the audience of SHAPE America's new statement of purpose.

This fall, students starting preschool will graduate as seniors in 2029. SHAPE America is committing to ensuring every single student regardless of ability will by then be physically active and healthy. Clearly an ambitious and somewhat daunting goal, the 50 million strong by 2029 statement was reminiscent of President John Kennedy's 1961 vision to put a man on the moon within a decade, and return him safely back to earth. And similar to Kennedy's moonshot vision, SHAPE America plans to succeed.

Of course, it's not going to be easy. And it's going to take each and every one of us to play a role for us to succeed. But imagine the potential impact on the health and physical education teaching professions! Never before has there been so much public interest in getting kids to be more physically active and countering worsening obesity. Never before have there been so many physical activity-promoting groups anxious to get kids moving. But as Dr. Seuss would advise us, today is our day. No one is better prepared to get America's youth physically active and healthy than the nation's health and physical education teachers. All that needs to happen is for us to accept the challenge. Or as another visionary American President would more eloquently tell us, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

There will be doubters but that's okay. Let them doubt. But let's not let the pessimists stop the rest of us from trying, because eventually they will come around. This can be a transformational moment in our professional lives. Imagine the respect we will earn if we not only contribute to getting kids more active and healthy - which we already do - but lead the change movement within our schools. Transforming the lives of 50 million public school students is mind-boggling. So let's think about it differently. How about one student, one class, one school at a time. This is doable and all that remains is to repeat it throughout the country.

Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead famously urged, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." She was talking to us. America's approximately 200,000 health and physical educators can truly change student lives. We have the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to help young people value being physically active and healthy. We alone other than their parents, are present in the lives of most students for 14 of the most significant influential and developmental years of their lives.

During the convention SHAPE solicited input from attendees. Member input will help SHAPE America to plan the altered course needed for our professions to succeed. Over the next few months you can anticipate a rollout of information, suggestions, requests for feedback, and ultimately a practical plan to achieve our newly defined purpose. But there's no need to wait. In her welcoming address to the Seattle Convention, Michelle Obama challenged the audience to "Give me five." She urged us to pledge to do five new things to support Let's Move Active Schools, the program she created that has been widely supported by America's health and physical education teachers. My suggestion is to do the same and pledge to do five things over the next few months to help us achieve 50 Million Strong by 2029.

How can you contribute? All of us regardless of where we work can start today. I'm doing it here! It doesn't matter whether you work in schools, colleges, or universities. It doesn't matter whether you work with infants, children, youth, or young adults. You can do something today to get somebody else moving towards better health. It doesn't have to be complicated or fancy. It just has to be something. And eventually all these somethings will gather momentum and become a change movement.

As many of you know, at the Seattle SHAPE America National Convention I also took over from Dolly as this year's president. What you may have missed is one of the presentations by someone called Kevin Carroll (worth checking out online) who talked about his CEO - Chief Encouragement Officer. Well, for the next year that's me. And I can assure you I am going to do everything I can to support this change. Please join me because there are some exciting places we can go if we all stick together.

Steve Jefferies, pelinks4u publisher
SHAPE America President

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Art, Music, and Physical Education
A few months ago Chuck Corbin recommended taking an offensive approach to defend physical education. This month, he's back again and eloquently justifies the inclusion of art, music, and physical education in America's public schools. Chuck points out the many ways that these three subjects contribute to our students' academic performance.
Drug Awareness Month 2015: What can you Do?
Every parent knows how worrying it is when their children start hanging out with friends. You want to protect them but what can you do? This month, Isobel Kleinman highlights the positive impact that health and physical educators can have on their students. But to do this, you have to know how to listen and advise without appearing to interfere. Isobel offers some great tips.
A Day in the Life of a SHAPE America National Health Educator of the Year
Last year, Riverside JHS health and physical educator Heidi Stan was recognized by SHAPE America for the innovative approach she brings to teaching health education. Learn more about the way in which Heidi involves her students through using "hands-on" learning strategies.
Energy Drinks: What Effects can they have on our Students?
Although not illegal, energy drinks contain ingredients that can have harmful effects on our students. Authors Ashley Evaniew, Clive Hickson, and Brent Bradford overview the content of energy drinks, specifically focusing on the caffeine content. They point out that the guidelines for consumption are fuzzy especially when it comes to young people.
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Principles and Axioms for Effective Coaching of Fitness and Conditioning
Athletic Director Bill Utsey reminds us of some key principles coaches need to follow if they hope to successfully improve their athletes physical fitness and get them better conditioned. Check out these recommendations and share them with your new coaches.
  • SHAPE America announces "50 Million Strong by 2029." Proposes to get every school-aged student in America active and healthy within 14 years!
  • First Lady, Michelle Obama welcomes health and physical education teachers to the 2015 SHAPE America National Convention in Seattle.
  • SHAPE America Announces National Teachers of the Year in PE, Adapted PE, Health and Dance
  • SHAPE America appropriate practices in school-based health education
  • Active kids learn better - great document to download and share!
  • The unintended consequences of gutting the PE mandate
  • Playtime isn't just for preschoolers- teenagers need it, too
  • WSF President on the importance of sports and staying active
  • Teachers protest bill that would let schools skip gym class
  • PETE/HETE Conference, October 27 - 31, Atlanta, GA
  • (AZ) - PE teachers stars run club flowing after-school program cuts
  • (CA) - Proposed settlement requires schools to show they provide PE
  • (IL) - Decorated new teacher up for national SHAPE award
  • (IL) - PE revamped to focus on lifelong fitness
  • (KS) - South instructor named PE Teacher of the Year
  • (LA) - Fuel Up to Play 60 transformed school
  • (MO) - Helena PE teacher recognized as SHAPE Montana's PE Teacher of the Year
  • (MN) - A fever that won't get you out of class
  • (NY) - Shelter Island kids race for the prize
  • (NV) - Nevada moves to set PE standards
  • (OH) - New Boston Schools receive grant for the 6th time
  • (OH) - Adaptive gym class serves special needs students
  • (PA) - Students unite to spread message of tolerance
  • (VA) - Woodrow Wilson teacher named PE Teacher of the Year
  • (WI) - Student bounce pedal and learn all at once
  • (WI) - High school students get physical
  • (Azerbaijan) - Removal of PE from higher educational programs
  • (Canada) - New health and PE curriculum in question
  • (Ghana) - Sports media seminar created to highlight benefits of PE
  • (UK) - High school wins national award for innovation and achievement in PE
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