Welcome TAHPERD Members and Visitors,

Thank you for visiting our Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Website! It is no mistake that you are on our site today and I hope that you will take some time to learn more about our association.

Our theme for this year is “United for a Strong, Healthy Tennessee.”  This theme embraces the nature of advocacy for our organization, because we are all in this together and as a united front, we CAN make a difference.  In addition, the theme is adjunct to the initiative of our national organization, the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), “50 Million Strong by 2029.”   The challenge of these themes is to ensure that by the time preschoolers’ graduate from high school in 2029; all of America’s students have the knowledge, skill, experience, and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity.

Towards being “United for a Strong, Healthy Tennessee”,

  • We must promote healthy lifestyles that influence daily decisions to make healthier choices (both diet and exercise) for healthy results;
  • We must continue to promote and advocate at the state level, taking our concerns to the capital regarding the importance of what our professions offer not only to students, but also their families;
  • AND, We must support, encourage and motivate each other to thrive in our professions by continuing to provide outstanding education (in schools and the community) to achieve strong, healthy results for Tennessee.

The 2016 “TENN is IN: 50 Million Strong” Annual TAHPERD Conference was a success.  We had over 700 members in attendance.  Feedback received (both positive and negative) helps us grow for better success.  So, it you have something constructive to share, please feel free to do so,  We want the 2017 “United for a Strong, Healthy Tennessee” to be a success!  One of our goals for the conference is to provide continuing education, training, and workshops to enhance the needs of our members.  But, we do not stop with just the K-12 physical education and health programs.  We address higher education for teacher training in physical education, for exercise science, for sport management, for fitness and wellness education, for dance, and other related areas.

In 2017, we have a goal to “reach out” for a “UNITED” front from ALL disciplines and related areas of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  Towards that end, I want to encourage as many of you as possible to recruit other Tennesseans in this industry to become members of our association.  We offer a very low membership fee which provides each member with many opportunities to make a difference across the state.  Please consider becoming an active member by getting involved in one of the many TAHPERD committees, such as; Let’s Move Active Schools, Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and summer workshops.  You can learn about many of these committees as you browse our site. Please feel free to contact me at dklein@tnwesleyan.edu.  Also please join us on Facebook and Twitter (@tahperd).

I hope you will consider this your personal invitation to attend the annual convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro on November 5-7, 2017. The “United for a Strong, Healthy Tennessee” Conference will provide networking opportunities, new ideas, and “uniting” with like-minded people across the State of Tennessee.  We encourage you to share your best practices and new ideas as a presenter at our convention. Check the convention link periodically to find the proposal and registration forms as they become available.

TAHPERD needs YOU! I am very excited to be the new TAHPERD President for 2017.   With our united drive and passion, and your active participation, TAHPERD will go where no organization like ours has gone before. Come and join us to make us “United for a Strong, Healthy Tennessee”!

Dr. Diane Klein
2017 TAHPERD President