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National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)

NASPE—part of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)—is a national authority on physical education and a professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. Its CDC-funded project Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Youth Physical Activity Opportunities provides capacity building assistance to state and local education agencies.

NASPE's Program in Action

NASPE is funded to provide Capacity-Building Assistance for Preventing Chronic Diseases: Increasing Physical Activity.

  • Developing a guide in collaboration with the CDC to assist schools in developing comprehensive physical activity programs.
  • Providing training to school educators and administrators in 15 states per year on development of physical education curricula, instructional practices, student assessment, and use of technology in physical education instruction to improve the quality of physical education courses.
  • Conducting a Physical Education Program Evaluation session at 10 state conferences of the Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  • Producing a guidance document that defines and articulates the key fitness education concepts and skills to be taught in physical education in grades K–16.
  • Planning an Urban Physical Education Summit for 2011 with the CDC, Action for Healthy Kids, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and New York City Schools.


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