Congratulations to Shirley Holt-Hale on receiving The 2016 SHAPE America Luther Halsey Gullick Award. This award is given to someone who is clearly outstanding in his/her profession and who exemplifies the best in service, research, teaching, and/or administration.  The award winner is recognized by members of SHAPE America as a noteworthy leader and as the type of person whose life and contributions could inspire youth to live vigorously, courageously, and freely as citizens in a free society.

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 new 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.

TAHPERD would like to thank all of our presenters, exhibitors, and members who helped make the 46th Annual Convention such a huge success.  Save the Date:  47th Annual Convention will be held November 6-8, 2016.  You will not want to miss it!


WNBA and Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings discussed the positive impact that quality physical education can have for children.  “Quality physical education builds healthier bodies and healthier minds,” said the three-time Olympic gold medalist.  “But, more than that, it teaches children to embrace physical activity at a young age and to remain active throughout their lives. These positive habits are crucial tools for fighting the inactivity epidemic that currently plagues our nation,” Catchings added.


Looking to address some of the problems caused by inactivity, University of Tennessee AD Emeritus and Champions for America’s Future member Joan Cronan pointed to the Tennessee bill named for her late husband.  The Tom Cronan Physical Education Act requires that every Tennessee elementary-school student will have at least two physical education classes per week in any week with two or more school days.  The law would also require that the classes be between 30 and 45 minutes and be taught by a licensed teacher with specific physical education credentials.

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 Interested in joining TAHPERD this year?  Mail-in  2015-2016 Membership Form now Available!

Now calling for presenters for the 2016 TAHPERD Convention-  click to submit your proposal.

State Board of Education is seeking feedback for revised Health State Standards.

If you would like to present at the 2017 Southern District Convention, click to submit your proposal.

Shape America applauds passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

TAHPERD Spring Newsletter 2016

TN First to the Top Teacher Evaluation Rubric

Shape America and the New 50 Million Strong Campaign

Make a Difference – Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart Info

Upcoming Events

 Physical Education & Lifetime Wellness Summer Workshop Registration Form 2016, June 16-17, 2016

TAHPERD Fall Board Meeting September 17, 2016

47th Annual TAHPERD Convention November 6-8, 2016

Southern District Save the Date January 2017 Conference, January 10-13, 2017

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