SHAPE America Offers New Online Advocacy Tools

SHAPE America Offers New Online Advocacy Tools

Advocacy is vital to the success of advancing health and physical education programs across the country. In order to reach SHAPE America’s vision – Healthy People- Physically Educated and Physically Active!- we need all health and physical educators to be strong advocates for the profession and for children. This begins with being an advocate in your own school with health and physical education programs that meet the standards.

To help you become an effective advocate, SHAPE America has designed an advocacy webpage – www.shapeamerica.org/whatwedo/advocacy!  There you will find new and enhanced advocacy tools and a new interactive map which outlines individual state profiles with the latest on overweight and obesity rates for children, physical education requirements and PEP grant funding for each state. All of these tools are designed to give you the support you need to advocate for your own health and physical education program.

Click the red “Take Action Now” button to access action alerts, bill summaries and to contact your members of Congress as well as local media outlets. Utilize each of the new tools below to make your voice heard.

  • Take Action – view key issues SHAPE America is monitoring and find your elected officials
  • Issues – access all action alerts to ensure your voice is heard in Congress
  • Directory – find Congressional contact information and use the Guide to Congress to help navigate the advocacy process
  • Bills – read bill summaries on current legislation that SHAPE America is watching
  • Share – download and post web stickers on your school website to encourage others to advocate
  • Elections – track current elections in your state
  • Media – easily contact your local media to share the importance of health and physical education in schools with your community

Take action today to guarantee that health and physical education will be addressed by Congress and become integral programs in schools across the country. Join us on February 10 & 11, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for our Annual SPEAK Out Day.  To learn more, go to http://www.shapeamerica.org/events/speakoutday/

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