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Shape of the Nation 2016 - Status of Physical Education in the United States

The 2016 Shape of the Nation™ report provides a current picture of physical education in each state across the country.

2016 Shape of the Nation™, released April 8, 2016 by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit and preparing them for a healthy future. 

First compiled nearly 30 years ago, the latest status of physical education in this country was released in Minneapolis at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, the largest gathering of physical educators in the country. 

The 2016 survey and state policy analysis finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2012 Shape of the Nation. A majority of states have adopted legislation, requirements or guidance for physical education programs, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and more than half allow exemptions, waivers, or substitutions.

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