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On October 17, 2012, several AAHPERD staff met with six visitors from China, who were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The program is focused on exchanging innovative ideas and practices in the field of physical education in schools as well as understanding the broader challenges both of our countries face in terms of ensuring that all sectors of the population have access to sports, recreation and the opportunity to learn physical fitness skills. They were:
AAHPERD staff, Paul Roetert, Carly Braxton, Gayle Claman, Andrew Mead, and Cheryl Richardson provided an overview of the role that AAHPERD plays to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles. They noted that AAHPERD's Let's Move in School initiative supports physical activity during school, before and after school, and family and community involvement, thereby reaching non-school populations. The visitors inquired about our efforts to collaborate with other organizations and were interested in our work with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
AAHPERD welcomed this opportunity to meet with international visitors. Our populations face similar challenges in terms of obesity and we can learn from one another about effective initiatives.