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April 8, 2015

The inclusion of physical education as a Core Subject in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act is being proposed in bipartisan federal legislation. This has been a priority advocacy issue of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) for years as we have supported SHAPE America’s leadership on this legislation. Thank you for all those that have actively advocated for the inclusion of PE in the schools as a core subject. Physical activity + good nutrition = healthier generations. In-school or out-of-school, let’s keep kids active and safe on and off the playing fields.

SHAPE America Salutes Inclusion of Physical Education as a Core Subject

RESTON, VA, April 8, 2015 -- Getting America’s 50 million students healthy and physically active took a giant step forward yesterday when proposed federal legislation included physical education as a core subject for the first time ever.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced bipartisan legislation, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. This new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) proposal aims to elevate the role of physical education as an academic subject in today’s schools.

According to SHAPE America Chief Executive Officer E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D., “We applaud the Senate HELP Committee for recognizing the importance of physical education as a key component of a well-rounded education. Physical educators are uniquely qualified to educate students about the knowledge and skills needed to value a healthy and physically active lifestyle.”

For SHAPE America, the designation of physical education as a core subject has been a top legislative priority for the past five years. Physical educators from across the country have communicated relentlessly with their members of Congress and participated in the organization’s annual advocacy day, called SPEAK Out! Day, to create this groundswell of support.

Over the past two decades physical education has undergone a transformation in rigor and focus and is now recognized as essential to a young person’s overall education experience and a foundation for lifelong healthy living. Research shows a positive relationship between participation in physical education and academic achievement. The inclusion of physical education as a core subject in federal legislation will help to ensure that every student achieves success.

About SHAPE America
SHAPE America’s Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level--from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit

For more information, contact: Paula Kun (703) 476-3461;

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The NCYS leads the amateur youth sport industry in promoting and enhancing the value of participation through advocacy and education. Founded in 1979, the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports programs. The NCYS is well-known for advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles and safe environments for stronger neighborhood and communities. The NCYS is committed to being the united voice for amateur youth sports and advancing the youth sports experience in America. For more information call 772-781-1452 or visit