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These resources are provided by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Additional resources are available on the AAHPERD Legislative Action Center homepage.

Support the Fit Kids Act
The Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act, or “FIT Kids Act” amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to support and promote quality physical education for all public school children through grade 12.  Ask your Senator and Congressperson to co-sponsor FIT Kids today! [Take Action]

NASPE Lobby Day
NASPE’s first ever Lobby Day was a great success, thanks to all of the advocacy ambassadors that joined together to lend their voices and expertise. Participants from 27 states converged on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the importance of quality physical education and “lobby” for FIT Kids, PEP grant funding and changes to Local Wellness Policies. Briefing presentations are available here:
        Advocacy 101 (M. Wolfe, NASPE Government Relations)
        FIT Kids (C. Burgeson, NASPE Executive Director)
        Local Wellness Policies (M. Wootan, NANA Executive Director)
        PEP Grant Funding (B. Sells, VP, SGMA Government Relations)
        NASPE Leave Behind

Economic Stimulus Package
Information on how to use funding from the Economic Stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to create safe places for physical activity is available through a policy brief developed by Leadership for Healthy Communities, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Educating the Whole Child
Visit the Whole Child Petition online to sign your name to the live petition in your state. Once 1000 signatures are achieved, the petition will be sent to your state department of education asking them to go on the record to ensure all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, on October 7, 2008. The Guidelines set achievable goals for everyone and can be customized according to a person’s interests, lifestyle, and goals. As HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said, “These Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provide achievable steps for youth, adults, and seniors, as well as people with special conditions to live healthier and longer lives.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH) School Health Program

2006 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA

Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)
A complete guide to the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Act including legislative updates and information about the federal PEP Grants program. NASPE supports increased appropriations for the PEP grants to fund schools to initiate, expand, and improve K-12 physical education programs. To join in supporting this effort [Take Action]

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Information about the No Child Left Behind Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Local School Wellness Policies

Advocacy Resources
Tips, reports and links for teachers, parents and organizations.

National Physical Education and Sport Week

Legislative Links