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  • IAHPERD Convention 2018 +

    Be the Champion

    November 15 - 16, 2018

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  • Pre-Convention Flyer +

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  • Convention Registration +

    Register for the 2018 convention. Make sure that your membership will be up to date by convention time. Read More
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Here's how IAHPERD serves you!

  • IAHPERD lobbies for effective laws for health and physical education and pushes for high standards and quality instruction.
  • IAHPERD provides excellent opportunities for professional and educational growth through a yearly state convention, numerous workshops, demonstrations, and clinics. Opportunities are afforded those who want to serve the profession as an officer, committee chairperson, or member at the district and state levels.
  • IAHPERD promotes quality curricula and disseminates a broad range of information through its publications.

IAHPERD Serves the Profession

  • Represents you in Springfield at the capital. Your only representative to influence legislative action.
  • IAHPERD is the only "voice of the profession" recognized and heard in the Legislature and by school administrators.
  • IAHPERD maintains a network of professional liaisons with related organizations such as the Govenor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, American Heart Association, ACE, IASCD, JADA, ICAPE, IDA, IESA, IHSA, IATA, and AAHPERD.
  • IAHPERD has purchased exhibit booth space at the Illinois Association of School Boards Convention, Illinios PTA Convention and Illinois Principals Convention.
    The booths are staffed with physical education professionals who are very knowledgeable in promoting and explaining the physical education cirriculum.


Each member receives 2 JOURNALS and monthly issues of "On The Move" newsletters.  These publications will keep you in touch with the latest happenings concerning P.E. and Health.


Annual convention offers programs such as lifetime sports, coaching, intramurals, health-related subjects, physical activities, movement education, dance, perceptual-motor learning, recreation, research, and older adult activities. Current topics of interest are also included. Over 50 exhibits of the latest equipment, printed materials, and audio-visual aids are a highlight of each convention.

Scholarship & Recognition

Students may earn scholarships and recognition for their academic accomplishments.

Blue Ribbon

A voluntary program to recognize excellent Physical Education and Health programs.  Submit your application for Blue Ribbon status.  

Recognition Awards

Professional members are eligible for various annual awards.

  • Elementary Physical Educator Teacher of the Year
  • Middle School Physical Educator Teacher of the Year
  • Secondary Physical Educator Teacher of the Year
  • Health Educator Teacher of the Year
  • Dance Educator Teacher of the Year
  • Service Award
  • Honor Award
  • Quarter Century Award

Legislative Action

  • Each member will receive email updates converning governmental news. These mailings are usually time sensitive and the action of all professionals is encouraged toward advocating for P.E. and Health.
  • Information on current legislative concerns, both at the state and the national levels, are carried on the IAHPERD website, www.iahperd.org, and are regularly updated.
  • IAHPERD works for the benefit of the profession in all legislative matters and has set up channels of communication to keep members informed and up-to-date.
  • IAHPERD retains the services of a lobbyist in Springfield to work as our liaison with the Illinois Legislature.
  • A standing governmental affairs committee is set up to serve you, the member, and to achieve grass roots support for legislative action taken by the Association.

Join Us!

Members hold the following values to be important to the life, well-being and work of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance:

Individual Values

  • a quality of life (physical, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual) characterized by optimal fitness and wellness
  • collegiality, friendship and play
  • continuous professional development
  • equality of opportunity for professional involvement and organizational leadership
  • personal, professional integrity and ethical standards
  • flexible, adaptable and dynamic personal and professional leadership
  • pursuit and appreciation of skillful and aesthetic movement


  • cogent and purposeful research and other scholarly activity
  • consistent excellence in products and services to members
  • effective communication and cooperation within the Association structure
    • among the state districts
    • among affiliates and the Association
    • between the Association & outside agencies & associations
  • effective public relations programs
  • continued development of competent leadership
  • each discipline‚Äôs unique contribution to the quality of life
  • public, legislative support
  • equal access and opportunity by all to quality programs

 The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, was founded in 1931 by a group of professionals dedicated to improving the effectiveness of health, physical education, recreation, dance and the promotion of human welfare.

This site has been established to provide access to organizational materials as well as information on upcoming events.

IAHPERD's Mission Statement

The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will provide professional support and guidance to individuals throughout the state as they develop and conduct programs for the well-being of people in health, physical education, recreation and dance.

See also Association Information


  • Program Enhancement
  • Scholarships
Do you have an idea for your program that will greatly benefit your students but don't have the funds needed for equipment? Apply for an IAHPERD Program Enhancement Grant and you may get the money needed to get your program going? Read More
IAHPERD scholarships that are available for Physical Education, Health Education and Recreation students who qualify. IAHPERD will award five scholarships of $1,500.00 each and one scholarship of $2,000.00 to the student who qualifies as the most outstanding applicant. Read More

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