Advocating for your program is not easy. We’ve compiled a wide-selection of resources to make communicating your message and  creating a proposal easier.

Research on the Health Effects on Children During COVID-19

(06/07/2021) Why Physical Education Can’t Be a Casualty of the Pandemic (Commentary): Physical education provides a range of benefits to children; the fact that it’s been sidelined during school phase-back plans is a tragedy.

Remote Learning During COVID-19 Is Causing Children to Gain Weight, Doctors Warn:
This Wall Street Journal article shares the health impact COVID-19 has had on children.

(11/6/2020) COVID-19: a one-way ticket to a global childhood obesity crisis?: This research published in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders (Issue 2, December 2020) shares the impact on childhood obesity during the global pandemic. This study looks at the effects on dietary habits, physical activity, screen time, and school closures.

(04/29/2020) COVID-19: Promoting healthy movement behaviours among children during the COVID-19 pandemic: This article published in The Lancet was written early in the pandemic (April), but has great health recommendations for children during the pandemic.

Advocacy Resources for Physical Education

SHAPE America Advocacy Website: We encourage you to visit SHAPE America’s advocacy website for more tools and resources to help you advocate for your program.

SHAPE America Guidance Documents and Position Statements: SHAPE America’s guidance documents and position statements will help you organize your thoughts and communicate your message more clearly.

CDC Activity Recommendations in Children: The CDC recommends 60 minutes of physical activity each day for children between the ages of 6-17.

SPARK – Advocacy for Physical Education and Physical Activity Resource Page: The SPARK website is an excellent resource for Physical Educators. They have a wide-selection of resources to help you advocate for your program.

Federal Funding Resources

ESSER II District Funding Finder: View how much funding was allocated to your district.

Funding Spent by State/District (Last updated November 2020): This website tracks current federal funding spent by state and district.

Coronavirus Relief Fund: Visit to learn more information about the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES).

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund: More information about ESSER and ESSER II Funding.

ESSER II Fact Sheet: This official document offers a clear breakdown ESSER and ESSER II funding.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund): Read the FAQ that was distributed to SEAs and LEAs about federal ESSER funding.

Operating Schools During COVID-19: CDC’s Considerations: The CDC’s recommendations for safe learning during COVID-19.

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