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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. DASH supports the development and implementation of effective health promotion policies and programs that address priority health behaviors among youth, including physical activity. For more information, go here.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is the preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity. As a non-profit professional membership association, NASPE sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE's 15,000 members include K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, administrators, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare professionals in these areas. NASPE's mission is to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high quality physical education, sport, and physical activity programs. It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). NASPE envisions a society in which all individuals are physically educated and participate in lifelong physical activity. For more information, visit NASPE'S website.
New York City Department of Education's Office of School Wellness Programs (OSWP) supports physical education, health education, and a range of wellness programs for the 1.1 million students in the nation's largest school district. Under Executive Director Lindsey Harr, OSWP has expanded opportunities for students to be physically active in classrooms and before- and after-school programs, including the city's first-ever middle school sports and fitness program. Last year, OSWP sent more than 810,000 individual NYC FITNESSGRAM reports to students, as well as a separate parent report, in one of 10 home languages. NYC FITNESSGRAM measures a range of health-related fitness measures to encourage families to develop lifelong fitness habits. For more information, go here.
Action for Healthy Kids® is the nation's leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools to become healthier places and helping our kids learn to eat right, stay active every day, and ready themselves to learn. A collaboration of more than 70 organizations, corporations, and government agencies, Action for Healthy Kids supports grassroots efforts by thousands of volunteers nationwide. Last school year, Action for Healthy Kids reached more than 4.5 million students in 9,200 schools. For more information, go here.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation's leading public health threats—childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference in a child's health: homes, schools, doctor's offices, and communities. For more information, go here .
Funding for this web page was made possible in part by cooperative agreement award number U58DP003220 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).