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SHAPE America/SD Joint Convention – March 20-24, 2018

Posted on January 15th, 2018


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Join SHAPE America, March 20-24, in Music City!

RESTON, VA, December 19, 2017 — Attention health and physical educators! Get ready for a professional development experience that will empower you to transform your classroom and your school into extraordinary student learning experiences. Save up to $75 by registering for the 133rd Annual SHAPE America National Convention & Expo before February 7. The Society of Health and Physical Educators’ national convention is held in partnership with SHAPE America Southern District and Tennessee AHPERD.

SHAPE America has planned for health and physical educators inspiring speakers, focused programming and networking events in one of the country’s favorite cities – Nashville. You will find 300 + sessions for health and physical educators focused on standards-based curriculum, effective instructional practices, evidence-based assessment and more.

The week’s activities kick off Tuesday, March 20, when you are invited to bring your assessment challenges to the workshop, “Practical Assessment of National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes with PE Metrics.” Based on the all-new edition of this popular SHAPE America resource, the workshop will provide you with suggestions on appropriate assignments and the skills to develop sample assessments for tracking student progress. That afternoon another new SHAPE America publication called Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education in the Secondary Classroom will be featured in a four-hour workshop.

At Wednesday’s opening General Session with internationally known educator Stephen Ritz, Stephen will share how we can transform schools with collaboration, coalition and get-to-yes solutions. On Thursday Olympic Gold Medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley who is now the CEO of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, will illustrate how sport can be used as a tool for social change. 50 Million Strong by 2029 is the theme of Friday’s General Session which will dive into advocacy, health practices and effective teacher instruction– tools to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education

programs. Popular health educator Deborah Tackmann will talk about the new risks facing today’s youth and offer solutions for creating effective school health and wellness programs.

Also joining us will be the legendary Dr. Kenneth Cooper. “I’m pleased to be this year’s keynote speaker for the Research Quarterly Exercise Science lecture,” said Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics” and author of the pivotal book Aerobics. “I applaud what our physical educators are doing every day, and sharing the 50th anniversary of Aerobics with those who are directly on the front lines of shaping the health of our next generation is an honor.”

From the latest in ESSA funding to trends in instruction, fitness and technology as well as our popular Opening Celebration at the Famous Saloon and the Hall of Fame Banquet, you will find plenty of opportunities to network with teachers and researchers from around the country. As always, a must-see at the convention will be the exhibit hall This largest gathering of health and physical educators only happens once a year. So get ready to:

· Become a more effective health/physical educator and learn from experts in the profession

· Grow your network and build new relationships

· Celebrate award-winning peers from around the country

· Discover valuable new programs, products and services for your HPE program

· Learn to be a stronger advocate for HPE in your school, community and state

· Earn SHAPE America Contact Hours through hands-on workshops and sessions

Get inspired and rejuvenated by a professional development experience that will help you prepare all children to live their best life.

About SHAPE America

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.

SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Active Schools (formerly Let’s Move! Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. For more information, visit

SHAPE America Honors Two LA Educators

Posted on December 22nd, 2017

Two Louisiana educators have been named 2018 SHAPE America District Teachers of the Year. Representing the Southern District for dance is Rebecca Acosta of Baton Rouge Magnet High School and for elementary is Bonnie Richardson of Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet School for elementary.

Rebecca, Bonnie, and all other honorees will be recognized at the 2018 SHAPE America Convention and Expo.

Read more.

2017 Convention Session Materials Available

Posted on December 22nd, 2017

Materials from the 2017 Convention are available on the Archive page and by clicking here.

LA School Among SHAPE’s First “50 Million Strong”

Posted on September 29th, 2017

SA_50msBaton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (FLAIM) elementary school made the short list of schools, and the only on the list from Louisiana, to be featured in SHAPE America’s 50 Million Strong 2029 campaign. Bonnie Richardson, LAHPERD president, is a physical education teacher at FLAIM uses Project Fit America funds and other resources to promote active lifestyles among her students. Congratulations, Bonnie!

Read the case study.

Read about 50 Million Strong 2029.

Read about Project Fit America.

LAHPERD President’s Words of Thanks and Encouragement

Posted on August 29th, 2017

LAHPERD President Bonnie Richardson releases her final message to members. Read it here.

2017 Convention Registration Opens

Posted on August 19th, 2017

Registration for the 2017 Convention is open. Both online and mail-in registrations are accepted. Visit the Convention page for details.

Louisiana Health/P.E. Curriculum Resources Available

Posted on August 4th, 2017

LAHPERD’s efforts to refresh the Louisiana physical education student standards have yielded two documents–standards proposed to BESE and sample lesson plans. Download each by using the following links.

Final Draft of Proposed P.E. Student Standards

Sample Lesson Plans

JRFH/HFH Joint Projects to Benefit Your School

Posted on July 22nd, 2017

Joint Projects refers to Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart. They are national events sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Education America. Students in these programs have fun jumping rope and playing basketball — all while becoming empowered to improve their health and help other kids with heart-health issues.

Funds raised through Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart give back to children, communities, and schools through the American Heart Association’s work:

Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart help students:

Join the Fight and Register Your Jump or Hoops Event Today!

If you haven’t scheduled a Jump Rope for Heart or a Hoops for Heart event at your school, please consider doing so. It’s not too late to join in the fight against heart disease, stroke, and childhood obesity by contacting (we would add the Youth Market people’s email of link to SHAPE’s sign up page Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops For Heart event today! The American Heart Association has provided everything you will need online. In one easy step, you will be up and jumping in no time.

Already Scheduled to Hold an Event?

Great! Check out the some of the resources available for coordinators holding Jumps For Heart and Hoops For Heart Events. These tools provide you with everything you need from getting started, tips for success, raising funds online and more. We’ve even got comprehensive feedback from past event coordinators who know all the tricks of the trade.

Jump For Heart Resources

Hoops For Heart Resources

Online Fundraising Resources

Alignment with Danielson’s Framework for Teaching

Want to know more about Jump Rope or Hoops for Heart in Louisiana? Contact our state’s Joint Projects Coordinator Joanna Faerber at

2017 Convention Exhibitor Registration Open

Posted on June 3rd, 2017

If you are interested in serving as an exhibitor at the 2017 Convention, please download the Exhibitor Information Packet and remit the registration form included.

Tour de Fitness Events – FREE

Posted on April 7th, 2017

If you or your parish is interested in hosting a professional development event, contact Kathy Hill,, for information on FREE Tour de Fitness workshops.

Richardson and Baton Rouge School Earn National Award

Posted on February 25th, 2017

Bonnie Richardson, LAHPERD president, and Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (FLAIM) School earned a 2016 Let’s Move Active Schools’ national award. Read the press release.

2017 LAHPERD Convention Call for Program Requests Open

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Program requests for the 2017 LAHPERD Convention are now open. LAHPERD members are invited to submit their ideas for presentations using the following Web forms.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

For programs to be considered, ALL information must be entered.

Thank you for taking advantage of this opportunity to share your ideas with your peers.

If your program is accepted for the convention, the program materials used in your presentation (PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.) MUST BE submitted via email to the Convention Manager ( and the Division Vice-President (who notifies you of your presentation acceptance) to be made available for convention attendees by October 1.

Eligibility to Present: Each presenter (posters included) who is eligible for LAHPERD membership must be a current member and must register as a convention participant if he/she intends to attend convention sessions other than his/her own. If you are not a member of LAHPERD, are not eligible for membership, and are only presenting, you do not need to join LAHPERD or pay registration.

Confirmation of Programs:  Confirmation notices of programs accepted for the convention will be sent following the June board meeting. Confirmation notices detailing convention day and time will be sent out after the program is completed. We expect the entire convention program to be online by September 1; therefore, we will complete all convention programming decisions by August 1.

Please choose the correct form for your division.

Health Division ONLY


Volunteers Needed for SD/LAHPERD Conference

Posted on December 7th, 2016

LAHPERD is calling on all of our ‘family’ members to volunteer and help out with the registration process during SHAPE America’s Southern District conference, January 9-12, in Baton Rouge.  Demand will be highest the first few days of the conference, especially in the morning.  Please consider donating 2 hours of your time to help the process run smoothly and get everyone ready to attend some fantastic sessions.  Please contact Carrie Chandler at for more information.  The work is easy, fun, and a great way network and meet fellow attendees.  Thank you in advance!!

Southern District Registration Extended through 12/4/16

Posted on December 4th, 2016

For those who need to register for the Southern District/LAHPERD Convention in January, there is still time to get the “early bird” registration discount.

You can register throughout this weekend by faxing or e-mailing the registration form in.

Fax number: 703-476-9527


The registration form can be downloaded from the registration section of

This extension is due to a computer glitch that occurred on Friday, 12/2/16, and it is available ONLY until late Sunday, 12/4/16.

Kara Deutch on SHAPE America’s ‘Exchange’

Posted on July 29th, 2016

Kara Deutch, LAHPERD member and former LAHPERD Future Professionals’ chair, had an op-ed blog post featured on SHAPE America’s ‘Exchange’ network. Read Kara’s blog here.

Registration for October Workshop

Posted on July 26th, 2016

LAHPERD’s one-day workshop, in lieu of a fall convention, will be held Monday, October 10, at Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. Download the registration form below to register. Lodging details are available on the form.

Mail-In Registration Form

Online Payment Registration (Must be signed in through AMember)

SHAPE America’s SPEAK Out Day! Includes LA Reps

Posted on May 10th, 2016

Bonnie Richardson, LAHPERD president, and JiJi Jonas, LAHPERD vice president-elect of sport and leisure, participated in SHAPE America’s SPEAK Out! Day advocacy initiative in Washington, D.C. Visit SHAPE America’s “50 Million Strong” page for details. View the first video on the right-side panel for clips of Bonnie’s and JiJi’s experiences.

2017 LAHPERD/Southern District Joint Convention Proposals

Posted on May 3rd, 2016

Join us in Baton Rouge in January 2017 for the joint LAHPERD/Southern District Convention. Proposal information is available here.

LA Looking to Pilot Healthy School Fundraisers

Posted on March 26th, 2016

The Health Promotion Team of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Office of Public Health (OPH) and Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) are working together with schools to pilot healthy fundraising alternatives that meet both the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Louisiana Smart Snacks guidelines. These guidelines were developed with the goal of offering healthier snack foods to children and improving the overall school health environment.

Challenges exist around finding fundraising opportunities that comply with the state and federal Smart Snacks guidelines. Many of the fundraisers that are not in compliance bring in large revenue to help fund programs that could possibly be cut without these funding streams. Consequently, we understand that enforcement and compliance are not always a priority in schools when faced with other challenges.

To help find solutions to these challenges, The Health Promotion Team and LPHI will work with schools to assess current fundraising practices and work to find healthy fundraising alternatives that meet the Smart Snacks guidelines in schools. Input from schools is vital in shaping the importance of healthy fundraising in Louisiana. This project has three main components. First, LPHI will work with schools to assess their current practices around fundraising. Second, LPHI and Health Promotion will work with schools to gather success stories on healthy fundraising that meet the Smart Snacks guidelines. Finally, Health Promotion and LPHI will work together to create the Well Ahead Louisiana Healthy Fundraising toolkit that includes Louisiana-specific fundraising alternatives.

We are looking for schools to participate in the assessment. This assessment will provide valuable information and help the team learn more about the successes and challenges of following the Smart Snacks guidelines, specifically for fundraisers. LPHI will work with selected schools and key stakeholders at each school to implement the assessment and provide technical assistance and guidance to any school with questions about the assessment. The assessment will be simple and straightforward and will allow us to identify specific strategies around healthy fundraising in Louisiana schools.

To participate in the School Healthy Fundraising assessment, please contact Guenevere Hoy at or 504-325-2682 by Friday, April 1.

2017 Southern District Convention Sponsorships Needed

Posted on February 14th, 2016

LAHPERD and Southern District SHAPE America are actively seeking sponsors for Southern District’s 2016 and 2017 events to be held in Louisiana. Success of the 2016 Summer Leadership Development Conference and the 2017 Southern District Convention is based IN NO SMALL PART on the financial support of generous donors. No amount is too small! More information is available on the sponsorship flyer.

Download the sponsorship flyer here.

2015 Convention Shirts For Sale

Posted on November 16th, 2015

Rocksports has 2015 Convention shirts available for sale online. Visit Rocksports for details.

Online Membership Portal CLOSED

Posted on November 3rd, 2015

The membership portal of is closed until this week’s annual Convention concludes. First-time and renewal memberships will not be available online this week. Any Convention attendee needing to join or renew must do so onsite at the Convention registration desk. This shutdown is necessary for membership records to be reconciled. Thanks for your cooperation!

Host a Professional Athlete at Your School

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

Let’s Move! Active Schools has teamed up with Athletes for Hope to place shining examples of “active and healthy” in area schools. The great news is that Let’s Move! Active Schools is the Healthy Schools Program’s physical activity and physical education strategy, so all schools enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program will be able to easily enroll and transfer information to Let’s Move! Active Schools, and unlock new resources and tools.
Through the program, Professional, Olympic or Collegiate Student-Athletes visit schools to speak with students about why Active Kids Do Better, and how to establish a lifetime of healthy fitness and exercise habits. The athletes also demonstrate fun ways to move and share personal experiences with the students.
To be eligible for this opportunity, your school must be signed up for Let’s Move! Active Schools. If you are not yet enrolled in Let’s Move! Active Schools but enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program, visit, log in using your Healthy Schools Program information, and then IMPORT your Assessment
Schools will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Although Athletes for Hope will make its best effort to connect student-athletes to interested schools, there is no guarantee a connection will be made.
If your school would like to be considered for an athlete speaking engagement, please contact Chris Wyttenbach (Director, Athletes for Hope) at


Convention Volunteers Needed

Posted on October 10th, 2015

Convention is only successful when everyone chips in! LAHPERD is looking for volunteers to lend a hand during Convention. Please click here to view the schedule. Contact Carrie Chandler at to sign-up.

Apply for the Louisiana DHH School Health Training Cadre

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is seeking individuals interested in joining the School Health Training Cadre. More information is available in the recruitment flyer and the position description. If you are interested, apply here.

Fall 2015 Au Courant released 09/23/15

Posted on September 23rd, 2015

The Fall 2015 Au Courant was pushed out today to all active members via email. If you have renewed your membership since June 1 and do not receive the email, check your spam folder, spam settings, and LAHPERD membership email address (login at to check/update your profile).

Tips to Avoid Long Convention Lines

Posted on September 19th, 2015

LAHPERD Members (and Friends): Please pass this information on to professionals that you think would be interested in joining and attending the Convention.

Remember the long waiting line for on-site registration? Avoid the line! Avoid the frustration! Don’t miss a single session! Renew membership and pre-register for Convention ONLINE TODAY! Arrive in Baton Rouge ready to attend sessions and meet new friends. All you have to do is pick up your badge, bag, and program.



It’s time to renew your membership for the school year.  Remember that Included with your membership is:

– $1 million professional liability coverage,

– 2 LAHPERD newsletters, and

– 2 LAHPERD journals.

You can renew in two ways: (1) online at LAHPERD.ORG with a credit card; or (2) print the Membership Application from LAHPERD.ORG and mail it in with check payment.


2015 Convention

November 4-6

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge

Pre-registration is available online at LAHPERD.ORG and by mail with check payment. Your membership must be current to register for Convention.

If you have not renewed your membership since June 1, it’s expired. Renew it and register for Convention all at once at LAHPERD.ORG.

If you want to renew membership and pre-register by check, print, complete, and mail both the membership application and Convention registration forms with check payment by October 1 to ensure processing prior to Convention.

For those who absolutely want to register on-site, credit cards and checks will be accepted for membership and registration.

LAHPERD receives over $30K for JRFH/HFH efforts

Posted on September 8th, 2015

From Executive Director Bill Dickens

We have just received our allotment from the 2014-2015 Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart community service project with the American Heart Association.  Louisiana AHPERD’s share of the monies raised by the children and JRFH/HFH Coordinators in Louisiana is a whopping  $30,934.76. These monies will go to help fund the efforts by LAHPERD to contribute to the quality health and physical education programs in the schools of Louisiana.

Our hats go off and a hearty thanks to Joanna Faerber, LAHPERD Joint Projects Coordinator, and all of the school coordinators for their efforts.  None of it could have been accomplished without the thousands of school children and their parents who have made a commitment to this project.

Coordinators and students — Thank you very much for your time, energy and dedication to the efforts to fund heart disease and stroke research in America.

Learn more about Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.

SHAPE America launches “Back to School” Web site

Posted on August 25th, 2015


For more information, contact:

Paula Keyes Kun (703) 476-3461;

Follow SHAPE America on Twitter; hashtag #SHAPE50Million and like us on Facebook and Instagram


SHAPE America Keeps Students Moving to Boost Learning

RESTON, VA, August 25, 2015 — SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators has just announced the launch of a new Back to School website with numerous resources for K-12 health and physical education teachers.

From a free digital Scope & Sequence chart to all the information needed to develop a comprehensive school physical activity program, the website will help teachers keep students moving to boost learning. Resources include:

“No one is better prepared to get kids healthier and more physically active than K-12 health and physical education teachers,” says SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies of Central Washington University. “Collectively as a profession we regularly spend time with students during the most significant developmental years of their lives. We are the first to develop relationships that will lead students to valuing their health and active lifestyles.”

To ensure that all of America’s students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity, SHAPE America recently launched its “50 Million Strong by 2029” initiative. The organization invites all health and physical education teachers to become part of this national initiative by enhancing health and physical education programs in their schools and providing opportunities for students to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity before, during and after school.

Teachers who say “Count Me In” will receive a free digital Scope & Sequence chart. The chart:

About SHAPE America

SHAPE America – 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 is a founding partner of national initiatives including 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

Jump/Hoops incentive program

Posted on August 20th, 2015

Jump Rope & Hoops for Heart Incentive Program


LAHPERD and the American Heart Association have enjoyed a long history of fund-raising in the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart programs. In recognition of those programs who have conducted an out-standing program by raising significant amounts of donations, the Event Coordinator is provided various incentives. The following incentives will be awarded for the outstanding levels of fund-raising:

Amount raised                         LAHPERD incentive

$   5,000 or more                     Professional Membership in LAHPERD (1-year)

$ 10,000 or more                     Membership and Convention Registration

$ 15,000 or more                     Membership, Convention Registration, and$100 check made out to school for equipment

Note: These incentives are not transferable to another person.

In the situation where there are Event Co-Coordinators, they may share the incentives.

Jump Rope Demonstration Team Reimbursement

JRFH Demo teams who travel to provide demonstrations at LAHPERD Conventions are provided a team honorarium depending upon the size of the team participating, as detailed below.

5-10 students             $ 100.00          (The honorarium check will be made out to the school

11-20 students             $ 200.00          represented by the Demonstration Team.)

21 or more students     $ 250.00

These Jump/Hoops for Heart incentives have been passed by the LAHPERD Board of Directors and are considered to be a portion of the “Agreed Upon Procedures” between LAHPERD and the American Heart Association.


William I. Dickens, Executive Director

Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

c/o Health & Human Performance Department

Northwestern State University

Natchitoches, LA 71497

Host Jump/Hoops event for SHAPE membership

Posted on August 20th, 2015

Interested in a free SHAPE America membership? Download this flyer for details.

2016 Southern District Convention Proposals

Posted on May 28th, 2015

Program proposals for the 2016 Southern District Convention in Williamsburg, VA, February 10-13, 2016, are being accepted.

Deadline: June 15

Click here to submit a proposal.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Convention.

Membership renewal notice

Posted on May 9th, 2015


LAHPERD Friends–

We are performing routine maintenance on our online aMember system over the next two weeks. Because of that, we ask that you DO NOT use aMember to renew your LAHPERD membership until June 1. All components will be back up and running by that time.

Thank you!

Action for Health Kids’ program announced

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

From Paula Jones, LA coordinator for Action for Healthy Kids:


Hi! I wanted to reach out and connect with each of you regarding the Action for Healthy Kid’s Alternative Breakfast Grants that are currently available. I would love the opportunity to meet and discuss the options for your school or district and provide guidance or assistance with the grant application process. Our grant application process is quick and easy!


Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is now accepting School Breakfast Grant applications for the 2015-2016 school year! Eligible schools may apply to pilot or expand their School Breakfast Programs or pilot universal school breakfast. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 are available!

School breakfast has countless positive outcomes for both students and schools. Eating breakfast has been linked to increased test scores, fewer absences, and higher graduation rates.

To date, more than 35 million breakfasts have been served and over $2.2 million in grant funding has been provided thanks to AFHK’s School Breakfast Grants for Healthy Kids. Your school can be a part of these growing numbers.


Please contact me with any questions at​ or (225) 266-9323.

Please see below for additional resources. I have also attached sample grant applications and other useful resources to share with other decision makers.​ 

Paula Jones
Louisiana State Coordinator
Action for Healthy Kids
600 West Van Buren St., Suite 720
Chicago, IL  60607
Phone: 225-266-9323
Fax: 312-212-0098

Support P.E. as Core Subject – Make Your Voice Heard

Posted on April 10th, 2015



From: Carly Braxton []
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2015 10:06 AM
To: ‘’; Joanna D Faerber; ‘William Dickens’
Subject: Louisiana – PEP help!
Importance: High

Hi all,

We need Louisiana’s help!  The Senate just introduced a bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposal.  The Senate education committee will mark-up and vote on the bill next week.  The GREAT news is that physical education was included as a core subject in the bill!!

The PEP grant was eliminated in the Senate’s ESEA bill that was introduced yesterday.  Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin is planning on introducing PEP as an amendment to the bill next week.  Her office is hoping to find a Republican to cosponsor this amendment with her.  Can you help us by reaching out to Louisiana AHPERD members to contact Senator Cassidy by phone (202.224.5824), via Twitter @BillCassidy, and through her website ( and ask that she support the inclusion of PEP in ESEA.

Grandmaster – Below is an email that you can send directly to Pam Davidson, since you met with her in person.  Please ask the Louisiana AHPERD membership to use the website to send emails (staffers don’t like to be inundated with emails to their personal email inbox) or call and tweet the office.

Thank you very much and please let me know if you have any questions and if you get a response.


Dear Senator Cassidy (or Pam),

It is my understanding that ESEA is scheduled to be marked up next week.  Congratulations!  Please thank your colleagues, Senators Alexander and Murray, on our behalf for including physical education as a core subject in their bipartisan bill.  I ask that you support their efforts and physical education’s inclusion in this special designation.

Senator, you are well known for your efforts to address and reduce obesity as it is certainly an issue for us in Louisiana.  I hope you’ll agree that physical education is an important piece of curbing this epidemic.   I wanted to share the impact that the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) program has had on the children of Louisiana and our nation.  PEP has been incredibly successful as the ONLY federal program specifically designated for physical education.  It helps to fuel innovation in physical education and helps to ensure that best practices are being used.  I hope you will support an amendment to reinstate the PEP grant, which will be offered at next week’s markup by your colleague Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

In the past decade we have seen physical education marginalized in our schools – more often than not, the lack of designation as a core subject is cited by school leadership – so to say that we are thrilled to have it included in this reauthorization is an understatement!!!  We hope that you’ll take your colleagues’ commitment to the health and wellness of our youth one step further by supporting Senator Baldwin and reinstate the PEP grant.

Thank you for your consideration and best of luck in your efforts to reauthorize ESEA.  Please let me know if I can provide any assistance or further information.


Carly Braxton

Senior Manager of Advocacy


SHAPE America

Society of Health and Physical Educators

1900 Association Drive

Reston, VA  20191

703.476.3476 | 703.476.8316 (Fax)

1.800.213.7193 x 1476

NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant Program

Posted on February 15th, 2015

The NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are now accepting applications for the NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant Program – a funding opportunity that provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields. Grants of up to $200,000 in capital improvement projects may be awarded through this grant. Note that this grant requires a 1:1 match.

Visit the Web site for more information.

Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) for proposal and submission requirements.

LSU’s Stanley Named SHAPE America Major of the Year

Posted on February 9th, 2015

stanley-laurenLauren Stanley, an LSU student, has been named one of SHAPE America’s 2015 Outstanding Majors of the Year. Lauren’s “outstanding work ethic and contributions to both…school and community” were just some of reasons for her selection, according to a letter from Andrew Mead, SHAPE America’s program manager. Mead wrote further that, “It’s because of individuals like [Lauren] that the future of our field is so bright.” Stanley was nominated by kinesiology faculty at LSU and will be honored at SHAPE America’s 2015 National Convention and Expo next month in Seattle, WA.

SHAPE America’s “The Pulse” Winter 2015 Issue

Posted on February 3rd, 2015


The latest edition of The Pulse, SHAPE America’s newsletter for the Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart programs, is now available. Each issue provides access to event best practices, teaching resources, and more!

In this issue:

Download and share the Winter 2015 issue and view The Pulse archives online at

Deadline approaching for PYFP funding

Posted on February 3rd, 2015

There is just one week left to apply for the 2015 Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) funding opportunity for your school.  Get your students on the fast track to lifelong physical activity and fitness! The PYFP is offering a funding opportunity, with generous support from the General Mills Foundation, to provide supplemental PYFP resources to enhance physical education in your school and/or district.
Applications for this 3-year funding opportunity are being accepted now. The application is available online (only) through February 9, 2015!  To apply, visit
Funding will cover selected schools in 2015-2016 and the following two school years.  All public and private schools that serve students in grades 4+ and are currently employing certified physical educators either on a full or part-time basis are eligible to apply.
Visit to learn more about the resources provided and funding terms.  (Public schools in Georgia and Texas and in some select districts are not eligible because of their current FITNESSGRAM® programming and reporting requirements).

New Mini-grant Application Posted

Posted on January 21st, 2015

Visit the Resources’ tab to read the grant requirements and download the application. Awards are for $2,500. You could be the next recipient!

Southern District Conference – February 18-21, 2015

Posted on December 3rd, 2014

Join Southern District colleagues at the 2015 Conference, February 18-21, 2015, in Atlanta, GA. Details are available here.


Convention Registration Now Open

Posted on September 9th, 2014

Ready to attend the 2014 Convention? Visit the Convention page to register.

Important Note: You must login to the LAHPERD site to register, and you must be a current LAHPERD member (unless you are the guest of a current member) to register for Convention. If you need to renew your membership, you will be prompted to renew your membership prior to registering for Convention. Just follow the instructions presented on the registration page.

Proposed Constitution and Bylaw revisions

Posted on September 6th, 2014

Proposed Changes to the Constitution and By Laws

 The LAHPERD Board of Directors approved changes to the definitions of professional members and future professional/student members at its September 5th board meeting. The changes allow the definitions to revert to the original definitions of the Constitution and By-Laws. The changes are necessary to allow all professional members in both educational and community worksites and all future professional/student members to be eligible for the new liability insurance carrier in 2015-16. The Board of Directors also approved a change in the dues structure due to the change in insurance carriers. The current and proposed changes are provided for review. The membership will be asked to vote either “YES” for the proposed changes or “NO“ against the proposed changes at the November  2014 convention. The current definitions are in normal print while the proposed changes are in bold.


Article ll. Membership

Section 1. Professional members shall consist of persons actively engaged in the various    areas of Association concern.

(1) Professional-Education members are defined as those working in educational unit such as K-12 grade-schools and colleges and universities, and includes members in full-time roles such as teachers, teacher-coaches, teacher aides, school nurses, supervisors/administrators, and teachers of other subject areas, i.e., Math, English, Social Studies, Science, etc.

(2) Professional-Community members are defined as those working in areas such as fitness/exercise, health organizations, wellness programs, private instructors of dance/gymnastics/tumbling/cheerleading, city/parish/private recreation, personal     trainers, athletic trainers, therapeutic exercise, YMCA, part-time athletic coaches in schools, etc.

Proposed change (presented as it will appear on ballot):

Section 1. Professional members shall consist of persons actively engaged in the various areas of Association concern. This includes Honorary Life members and active Retired members.



Section 2. Student members shall include students attending institutions that prepare individuals as future professionals for various areas of Association concern. Only student members shall vote and be elected to hold office in the Future Professional Section. There are two categories of student members:

(1) Student – individual enrolled as full-time student in a program related to the various areas of the Association.

(2) Student-Practicum – students involved in curriculum-based practicum experiences, such as student teaching or internships.

Proposed change (as it will appear on the ballot):

Section 2. Future professional members shall include students attending institutions that prepare individuals for various areas of Association concern. Only future professional members shall vote and be elected to hold office in the Future Professional Section.



The proposed membership changes group the current “Professional-Education” and “Professional-Community” into “Professional members” and the ”Student” and “Student-Practicum” into “Future Professional members.” This is being requested to allow for members to be covered by a new insurance carrier in 2015-16.

The proposed dues structure reduces the professional membership fee by $5.00 and increases the future professional/student membership by $10. All members except the Honorary Life and Retiree members will be covered in the liability insurance. Members who apply for membership online will no longer be assessed the PayPal fee.

The LAHPERD Board of Directors recommends that the dues for Professional members be changed to $60 and the dues for Future Professional members changed to $35 with both categories receiving professional liability insurance, excluding liability insurance for the Honorary Life and Retiree categories of professional membership.

LAHPERD T-Shirts on Sale

Posted on June 12th, 2014

A selection of LAHPERD t-shirts are on sale (see image). All choices are made of polyester fabric. Shirts are available in both short sleeve and long sleeve with the LAHPERD logo on either the left chest or centered. Colors available are gray, gold, pink, purple, royal blue, and white.

Quantities are limited! To place an order, download and complete the order form then remit it to Bill Dickens. Once received and availability is confirmed, you will receive an email invoice with the total cost, including shipping, and payment instructions.

Short sleeve – $15 before shipping

Long sleeve – $18 before shipping

LAHPERD t-shirt options





LAHPERD Promotes Let’s Move!

Posted on June 6th, 2014

Promote healthier lifestyles among your students and families by becoming involved with Let’s Move!

Presidential Youth Fitness Program Workshop hosted by LSU

Posted on April 29th, 2014

A one-day workshop entitled, “Essentials of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Workshop,” will be held May 10, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop is hosted by the LSU School of Kinesiology and the LSU University Lab School.

Join us for this *FREE* workshop that will provide educators with tools, strategies, and guidance to implement the new PYFP! Space is limited to only 30 participants, so RSVP to by May 5, 2014.

For more information, contact:
Emily Beasley

Download the workshop flyer.

Visit the Presidential Youth Fitness Program online.



2015 Southern District SHAPE America/Georgia AHPERD

Posted on March 20th, 2014

2015 Southern District SHAPE America/Georgia AHPERD Convention
Moving Forward—Shaping Our Future
Atlanta, GA
February 18-21, 2015


Updated Board of Directors’ Directory

Posted on March 15th, 2014

Visit the Board of Directors’ page for all Board members’ contact information.

Plans for 2014 Convention Underway

Posted on March 15th, 2014

Plans for 2014 Convention, November 5-7, at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge are underway. Program requests (session proposals) are now being accepted. Visit the Convention page for details. If you have questions about program requests, please contact your division vice president. Click here for the board members’ contact information.

LAHPERD’s Past President Thanks Members

Posted on February 20th, 2014

venessa livingstonMy year as president went by faster than I could ever imagine.  It was a very challenging year as we all know.  I learned so much and am grateful for all the help throughout my reign as president. On behalf of the entire LAHPERD Board, we would like to express our thanks to all of you. We have received a lot of very positive feedback in respect to the organization, activities, and the convention sessions, which are highly appreciated. Convention was a huge success, and that is due to our amazing sponsors, volunteers, presenters, and everyone who attended. Your presence helped to make this event a great success, and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make this convention productive and fun.

We thank you for your comments and suggestions and we assure you that each will be given consideration so that future conferences and events will be even more of a success.  We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be involved with LAHPERD.

Again, on behalf of LAHPERD’s Board of Directors, we want to thank you for attending our 79th Annual Convention, “JAZZIN’ IT UP WITH TECHNOLOGY”, and we hope to see you for our 80th year celebration.


Venessa Livingston-Cormier



2014 Southern District convention program released

Posted on December 17th, 2013


Southern District AAHPERD has released the 2014 convention program. For more information, visit Southern District’s site.

Convention Program – Grid Format Available

Posted on November 6th, 2013

A grid format of the Convention program for November 7-8 is available on the Convention page.

Advance Convention Registration Closes 10/31

Posted on October 29th, 2013

Advance Registration for the 2013 LAHPERD Convention will be closed on Thursday, October 31, 2013.

The online registration will close at 6:00 PM Thursday. Mail-in Registrations will be accepted if postmarked by October 31, 2013.

Any registrations received after the deadline will be considered “On-Site,” and registrants will be charged the on-site registration fees.

The Online Membership section of LAHPERD.ORG will remain open and operational throughout the convention.  If you plan to register On-Site, please bring a copy of your membership card or receipt for payment of membership to the convention.

Those pre-registered can pick up their badge, program, and other Convention materials:

Wednesday  8:00 AM                        Episcopal High School

Wednesday  7:00-9:00 PM               “Early-Bird” Badge Pick-Up, Executive Board Room – Crowne Plaza

Thursday      7:00 AM                        Pre-Registration Table, Atrium – Crowne Plaza

See You in Baton Rouge!!!

2013 Convention Details Released

Posted on October 3rd, 2013

LAHPERD’s 2013 Convention will be held in Baton Rouge, LA, November 6-8, 2013. The Convention will begin with day-long pre-convention workshops at Episcopal High School. Pre-convention activities require additional registration fees. More information on all Convention activities is available here.

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LAHPERD Launches New Web Site

Posted on October 3rd, 2013

LAHPERD’s Board of Directors is proud to welcome you to our new Web site.