About SHAPE America

Who We Are

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since being founded in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country.

We provide programs and resources to support health and physical educators at every level, and work to make a positive impact on school health and physical education through our state and national advocacy efforts. SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools (now Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Our Vision

A nation where all children are prepared to lead healthy, physically active lives.

Our Mission

To advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport.

About 50 Million Strong

50 Million Strong by 2029 is SHAPE America’s commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs.

We believe that through effective teaching, health and physical educators can help students develop the ability and confidence to be physically active and make healthy choices. As educators, our guidance can also help foster their desire to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle in the years to come. It’s a simple, but powerful belief that drives and unites us as an organization.




Professional Development

SHAPE America offers a wide variety of professional development, including standards-based workshops and webinars and timely podcasts and events for P-12 educators, college/university faculty, coaching educators and researchers.

Standards and Guidelines

SHAPE America Sets the Standard for Health and Physical Education. Our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country.

Grants, Awards and Accreditation

SHAPE America offers recognition and grant opportunities for health and physical education professionals, future professionals and programs. Take a look at the funding opportunities and resources available for upcoming professional development.

Conferences and Events

New ideas, new connections and plenty of inspiration are waiting for you at SHAPE America's national, regional and online events, including the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo.

Media and Advocacy

As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America has experts available for interviews on topics relating to physical activity, physical education, health education and sport.

Resources and Publications

Stay informed about the latest topics and trends in physical education, health education and physical activity with SHAPE America journals, web resources and professional development opportunities.

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