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September 27, 2023










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Health Literacy Month Resources From SHAPE America


October is Health Literacy Month — the perfect time to use these health education resources:

Join us on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET for , a live webinar led by SHAPE America President Sarah Benes. Learn about core aspects of a skills-based approach in health education, how this approach supports health literacy, and ways to plan and implement skills-based health education through a social justice lens.


Many thanks to our 2023 Health Literacy Month sponsors: One Love Foundation and Ask, Listen, Learn — a program of



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Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the 2024 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Cleveland, March 12-16. This convention is the premier national event for health and physical educators — where the HPE community comes together to learn, connect and be inspired. are now available, as is the Justification Toolkit (in case you need administrator approval). Registration opens in mid-November.


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SHAPE America

If you are a HETE or PETE program coordinator responsible for preparing SPA program reports, join us for this free, live webinar on Thursday, September 28 from 4-5 p.m. ET. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and get clarity on how to write program reports and learn what types of evidence are needed to submit with reports. This webinar will be for both HETE and PETE program coordinators.


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SHAPE America

As part of the ongoing standards revision process, SHAPE America’s National Health Education Standards Task Force has reviewed research, best practices, and feedback from the school-based health education community. Now is the time to share your feedback during this second and final round of Public Review and Comment. Submit your comments on the proposed Draft Standards, Rationale, and Performance Indicators before September 30.


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SHAPE America

On October 11 at 5:30 p.m., the SHAPE America Research Council will host a free event with newly inducted Research Fellows Brian Dauenhauer (University of Northern Colorado), Scott McNamara (University of New Hampshire), and Emi Tsuda (West Virginia University). Collectively, they have a wealth of research knowledge in adapted physical education, school-based physical activity promotion, and pedagogical content knowledge.

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Peer to Peer


Fall is a great time to get more involved in SHAPE America — by sharing your expertise, developing your leadership skills, and learning from health and physical educators across the country. Here are some upcoming deadlines and opportunities ...


October 15 Deadline to Submit:

If you are a state Teacher of the Year from 2021, 2022 or 2023, don’t miss out on your chance to be recognized for your professional excellence in adapted physical education, physical education, dance education, and health education!


Did you know that serving as a program report reviewer can help you become a better teacher educator? This two-part training on October 12 and October 19 at 4 p.m. ET will go over the details and responsibilities involved in becoming a PETE or HETE SPA reviewer.


Are you a physical educator or coach who has had success with a new teaching technique or strategy in the gymnasium or on the athletic field? We invite you to share your ideas in SHAPE America's peer-reviewed journal Strategies! Articles submitted and reviewed this fall will be published in early 2024.



October is Health Literacy Month, and the team at Ask, Listen, Learn is excited to collaborate with SHAPE America to share free resources to aid in starting conversations with your students about the importance of saying “NO” to underage drinking and empowering them in making informed, healthy choices.


Qualitative Research and Evaluation Book


Focusing on the unique nature of qualitative methods within kinesiology settings, Qualitative Research and Evaluation in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy guides graduate students and early career researchers through designing, conducting, and reporting of qualitative research studies with specific references to the challenges and possibilities of the field.

News Around the Nation


Federation of American Scientists

For over 10 years, physical inactivity has been recognized as a global pandemic with widespread health, economic, and social impacts. Despite the wealth of research support for movement as medicine, financial and environmental barriers limit the implementation of physical activity intervention and prevention efforts. The need to translate research findings into policies that promote physical activity has never been higher.



The ability to identify emotions in ourselves and others, talk about them, and find ways to deal with them in appropriate ways, is an important competency that’s closely connected to academic outcomes, says Maurice Elias, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University. Here are 12 strategies, across grade levels, to help students identify and talk about their emotions.


World Health Organization

Today, the World Health Organization released two new publications, “Freedom from tobacco and nicotine: guide for schools,” and “Nicotine- and tobacco-free school toolkit” to help protect children’s health just in time for back-to-school season in many countries. The new guide and toolkit are step by step manuals for schools to create nicotine- and tobacco-free campuses, but it takes a “whole of school” approach.


The Daily Journal

If you visit a local sports field on any Saturday morning this fall, you’re likely to see groups of children in brightly colored uniforms, participating in recreational youth soccer. While the sport is popular with both boys and girls, you’ll find that the coaches volunteering in these programs are overwhelmingly male.

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