Developed by SHAPE America, the Physical Best program offers a comprehensive health-related fitness education program. Focusing on educating children regardless of athletic talent, physical and mental abilities, or disabilities, the Physical Best program promotes regular, enjoyable physical activity. Now with the help of Motivating Students to Become Their Physical Best online course, physical educators will learn how to implement the Physical Best program in their classroom and inspire students to get moving.
Motivating Students to Become Their Physical Best provides an introduction to effective motivation, behavior change, and goal-setting strategies for K-12 physical education. The online course will help physical educators learn about theories of behavior change in the physical education setting, including the tenets of the social cognitive theory (SCT) of behavior change and ways of applying SCT with students.
Physical educators will also learn the six steps in the goal-setting process, how to set SMART goals, and how to modify motivational strategies depending on the age of the student. The course also presents information on the recommended amount of weekly physical activity and physical education for students and provides a list of benefits of physical activity as it relates to academic performance.
Part of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program professional development program, Motivating Students to Become Their Physical Best can be completed in 4 hours and provides the tools needed to move students from dependence to independence for their own fitness and health.
Teachers also have the option to obtain CEUs! By submitting the course completion certificates to SHAPE America along with a $15.00 processing fee, teachers will receive CEU credit awarded through Indiana University. This course equals 0.25 CEUs.
Unit 1: Motivation and Behavior Change
Presentation: Influences on Physical Activity
Learning Activity 1.1: Recommendations
Learning Activity 1.2: Benefits of Physical Activity
Motivating Students to Become Their Physical Best Online Course
SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly AAHPERD) — is the largest organization of physical educators in the country, with close to 20,000 members. SHAPE America created the first-ever K-12 physical education national standards; developed the Let’s Move in School public awareness campaign to increase physical activity before, during, and after school; and originated the Shape of the Nation Report, which reviews the status of physical education across the United States. Among its many partners, SHAPE America works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association, The Cooper Institute, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.