Advocacy Updates

  • In early December 2019, the final draft of the proposed Pennsylvania Academic Standards and Outcomes for Health and Physical Education was completed with input from appropriate professionals and agencies throughout the state.
  • On January 8, 2020, three members of the Advocacy Committee traveled to Harrisburg to speak with the Pennsylvania State Board of Education concerning the need and urgency to approve the proposed Academic Standards and Outcomes as soon as possible.
  • On January 17, 2020, the process to update the Advocacy section of the PSAHPERD website began with a target date of January 31st for some parts to go “live.” This section will be rewritten and reorganized to better provide information in a timely fashion and make it easier for members to navigate.
  • On January 21, 2020, a Speak Out for Healthy Kids Student Wellness Summit, organized by the Advocacy Committee, was held at the Capitol Building. Legislators and other public officials were invited to:
      1. share how they support student wellness in public schools.
      2. identify challenges in preparing students for active, healthy lifestyles.
      3. give input to overcome these challenges. 
  • On January 21, 2020, members of the Advocacy Committee met with members of a “lobbying” group to explore the possibility of them helping PSAHPERD to achieve the current advocacy initiatives.