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After an overwhelmingly positive vote for unification earlier this year, the AAHPERD membership has voted in support of the new name, Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America.
Read the editorials from two longtime leaders in the profession, Chuck Corbin, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University and Steve Jefferies, PELINKS4U publisher, on why they believe the name works and why they are in support of it.
Roberta Park, a noted physical education historian, has suggested that physical education (and I would also include health education) can become the renaissance field of the 21st century. She makes the case that medicine was a fledgling field prior to 1900, but became the renaissance field of the 20th century. The development of the medical sciences, strong delivery programs (treatment, prevention, and promotion), strong medical training programs, and a strong professional organization were the keys. At this point in our professional history I believe that Park makes a good point! Health and physical educators are primed to do good things in the years ahead. Our ever-evolving scientific base has grown in recent years, just as medicine's did in the previous century. We have the support of major medical groups (AMA, AHA, AAP, IOM), governmental groups (CDC, PCFSN, USDHHS), and other well-known public and professional organization (ACSM, NFL, NAK, NAKHE) to name only a few. In addition, the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently published two reports related to our field. New standards for teacher education bode well for improved teacher education in our field, a necessary prerequisite for the type of success enjoyed by the field of medicine.
Read the full article on PELINKS4U.org.
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