The Tennessee House of Representatives will be voting on House Bill 372 by Rep. Roger Kane (R-Knoxville) known as the “Tom Cronan Physical Education Act” on Monday, April 23. This legislation sets a minimum requirement of 60 minutes per week for physical education in elementary schools across the state.
The House version has been amended to address concerns raised last year by a school district. Along with the AHA, the amendment is supported by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA), Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) and a Council for a Strong America.  According to the latest “State of Obesity” report, Tennessee is ranked #1 in the rate of overweight and obese children ages 10-17. This legislation is a critical step toward better health outcomes for children in the state of Tennessee.

The mission of the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance web site is to provide our members and visitors with information about the association, its members and their contributions to improving the lives of all those they can reach.

Ms. Andrea Burton is the Executive Director of TAHPERD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in dietetics, from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010.  In July of 2011, she became the Rutherford County Schools Coordinated School Health Assistant where she facilitates health screenings for the district. Andrea is very excited to serve as the new Executive Director for TAHPERD, she is here to listen, assist, and help you in any way possible.

Recognizing Excellence Across the State

TAHPERD is represented by a number of high quality professionals who represent the mission of our organization. Our goal is to recognize the great work being done by teachers across the state. This month we would like to recognize Ali Starkweather of Johnson Elementary and Robin Farrar of Richland Elementary. Click here to learn more about Ali and Robin.

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Interested in joining TAHPERD this year?  Mail-in 2017-18 Membership Form.

Interested in presenting at the TAHPERD Convention this year?  Online Program Proposal Form now open.

 Learn more about SHAPE America and Building a Heart Healthy School.

Be informed! Find out more about current Physical Education legislation such as the Bowling Bill.

SHAPE America introduces “Strategies for RECESS” in Schools Electronic Toolkit

TAHPERD FALL 2017 Newsletter

TEAM Teacher Evaluation Rubric for Physical Education

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Upcoming Events

Join us for the TAHPERD Virtual 5K February 1st – March 31st.  Register now!

Annual TAHPERD Convention, October 28-30, 2018


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