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PE Policy Report: Shape of the Nation


Students across the nation would benefit from strong state requirements for physical education. However, 2016 Shape of the Nation™, scheduled for release tomorrow from SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators, and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit and preparing them for a healthy future.

First compiled nearly 30 years ago, the latest status of physical education in this country will be released in Minneapolis, at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, the largest gathering of physical educators in the country.

The report highlights that only a limited number of states set any minimum amount of time for elementary (19) and middle school (15) students to participate in physical education. Shape of the Nation compiles data on the status of physical education requirements from every state and Washington, D.C., and provides a snapshot of how each state is meeting – or not meeting – the criteria of a high-quality physical education state policy.

Prevent Obesity Leaders can join the PE Action Team today at and watch for your state profile on PE policy tomorrow at