State Provides Physical Education Professionals with Hands-on Training
More than one million Illinois students have access to new and improved methods for physical education and increased physical activity.


PE Coaches

Pump Up P.E.External is an interactive, onsite training program to provide physical educators with tools that can be used when they return to their classrooms. Developed by the Illinois Public Health Institute, through a partnership with the Cook County Department of Public Health, Pump Up P.E. uses an enhanced physical education intervention to promote health, learning, and lifelong fitness for Illinois students.

The training is a one-day event covering multiple areas:

  • Increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels in P.E. classes through classroom management and activities.
  • Aligning curricula to the revised State Learning Standards on Physical Development & Health.
  • Administering the required Illinois fitness tests and using the data to improve P.E. programming.
  • Teaching the brain-body connection, that is, getting students to”own” their fitness.
  • Championing PE and wellness efforts in schools, districts and communities.


To date, 37 trainings had been conducted with nearly 900 PE teachers from more than 300 districts, potentially affecting 1.03 million students in grades K-12. Teachers have reported that the concepts they learned or relearned from the trainings helped them to increase physical activity in the classroom, build in nutrition education, and get students more invested in their health and wellness.

This program was supported by CDC’s State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health cooperative agreement (DP13-1305).