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Society of Health and Physical Educators of Vermont

SHAPE Vermont Advocacy and Legislation

Vermont Health and Physical Education Survey: Shifting to Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements and meeting Education Quality Standards

The Vermont Agency of Education has developed a survey to collect data from health and physical educators considering Vermont’s Education Quality Standards, proficiency-based learning, and the development of Supervisory Union/School District K-12 health and physical education curricula anchored to National standards. If you are a K – 12 Health and/or Physical Education teacher, please take the time to complete this survey. If you work with a health or physical educator that is not a SHAPE Vermont member, please share this message to give them an opportunity to complete the survey. The survey will close August 4, 2017. The feedback will be used to develop an understanding of the status of PK-12 health and/or physical education programs in Vermont schools to inform the Agency’s work considering supporting the field.  

Vermont Agency of Education Contact: 

Susan Yesalonia, Ed.D. Health and Physical Education Specialist




Advocacy in our Schools

This October Fair Haven Union High School (Fair Haven, VT) was chosen as A SHAPE America 50 Million Strong "case study school."

The following story is featured on the SHAPE America website

To Fair Haven Union High School Principal Brett Blanchard, requiring students to sit still in a classroom for hours is counterproductive. A vocal proponent of lifelong physical activity, the Vermont educator “walks the walk” — quite literally — by conducting meetings and phone conversations from the treadmill that replaces his office desk and chair. He contends that the traditional paradigm of learning has contributed to some of our society’s biggest health challenges: inactivity, obesity and over-medication. Read more here.

Read Brett Blanchard's "Educating for Lifelong Health" op-ed in the November 7th  Vermont Digger here.


Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont Department of Health

The Vermont School Wellness Policy Guidelines have been updated as of Fall 2016. Please visit this link to review these new guidelines.

Wellness policies are an important tool for school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.  The final rule requires LEAs to begin developing a revised local school wellness policy during School Year 2016-2017 and compliance by June 30, 2017.  Because of the compliance deadline, schools across Vermont will be actively working on revising their policies.

As Vermont develops its ESSA state accountability plan and report cards, daily physical education should be included as a core component. With daily PE, we can keep kids’ hearts healthy and their minds in gear to do their best. Please download and distribute the following to help get your message out to your school and community.

Every Student Succeeds Act Frequently Asked Questions

You're the Cure and The Pulse

These AHA  websites give you the tools you need to play a crucial role in the fight against heart disease and stroke. You’ll be able to communicate with key legislators, connect with advocates near you, and stay up-to-date on the heart and stroke issues that matter most to you. Visit the Federal and State newsroom and advocacy site here.

The American Heart Association has launched an exciting campaign in Vermont to promote healthy kids’ meals and drinks in restaurants. Please join us and show your lawmakers that you support making the healthy choice the easy choice for families.

You can help by taking two minutes to complete an electronic postcard for legislators! AHA VT will print out the cards and deliver them to legislators in the statehouse during the legislative session, when they are considering this important bill.

Vermont Advocacy Tools

Be an advocate for physical activity, health and physical education in Vermont. Visit the State of Vermont Legislative page found here frequently to reach your representative or for updates on pending bills and other news of interest.


SHAPE America Advocacy Center

To further its mission of supporting healthy, creative, and active lifestyles for all Americans, SHAPE America and its associations are working to educate the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch on the following legislative priorities: Continued funding for the CDC's DASH program; PE and HE as core subjects , and PEP grant funding. Take action today!

Access state-specific resources here  to help you advocate for health and physical education in your own school and community! Resources include: fact sheets, presentations, templates, and links to key Vermont stakeholders.

Do you have a news story to share? How about information about a job opening? Visit the SHAPE VT Facebook page and share your news immediately with our members. 


2017 SHAPE Vermont Conference

Date: October 19th and 20th, 2017
Time: Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Time: Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, Vermont.