IAHPERD Worth Talking About

Shape the New Site

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The new website for IAHPERD is still developing, but we would love to hear from you about what you think so far as well as what you want the site to look like and do for you in the future.  Your input is always valuable as we need members to help shape this site to what works best.  Make sure to login or register at the top right portion side of the website.  You must be registeredt to be able to add comments.

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Governor Quinn Signs P.E. Improvement Bills

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(The following was reported by the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity)

CHICAGO, IL (August 4, 2014) - Today, Governor Quinn signed two important bills that will improve physical education (P.E.) in Illinois schools to help students become fit for life. Professionally trained P.E. and health teachers will be recognized as "highly qualified," similar to teachers of other subjects, under SB 3274, sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes and Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit. HB 5397, sponsored by Rep. Rita Mayfield and Sen. William Delgado, implements physical fitness assessments in all schools to help students set individual fitness goals and help teachers address individual student needs. The bill also creates a system to monitor the aggregate fitness levels of Illinois youth over time. 

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PEP Grant Funding in Trouble

PEP Grant Funding in Trouble

It has been a busy week in D.C. and there are many issues the AHA is monitoring through the appropriations process. Earlier this week the House Labor HHS Subcommittee listed programs it would fund and based on that list PEP grants would be cut. Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grants are the only current federal spending for physical education and are invaluable in supporting and addressing physical education and activity in schools.

We are hoping that the Senate Labor HHS appropriations subcommittee will retain these programs when they markup up their bill this coming week. WE NEED YOUR IMMESDIATE ACTION!  Please take a minute to Tweet AND Call your Senators who serve on this committee and ask them to SAVE PEP GRANTS! Below are a few sample tweets, a call script and contact information for both Illinois Senators. Since they will be working on their bill this week we need call made today and early next week. We will keep you updated on any progress we hear.

Our national colleague are keeping a tally of how many calls are made to offices, so please let me know once the call is made and be sure to pass this onto any other advocates interested in helping to save PEP grants!

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