Physical Activity

Guidance Documents & Position Statements

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Featured Guidance Documents
New!  Released: 2021
Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines for Higher Education Physical Activity Programs, 3rd edition
Guides administrators, coordinators/directors, and faculty to offer developmentally appropriate and inclusive instructional physical activity programming at the college and university level.
Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children From Birth to Age 5, 2nd Edition
Expanded edition, with more advice & practical suggestions for parents & caregivers than ever before. 
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The guidelines provide information concerning how much physical activity is appropriate for preadolescent children (ages 5 through 12).

Other Guidance Documents & Position Statements

The Difference Between Physical Education and Physical Activity

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Featured Position Statement
New!  Released: 2021
Physical Activity Should Not Be Used as Punishment and/or Behavior Management
SHAPE America asserts the position that withholding physical activity (PA) and physical education (PE) as a form of punishment and/or behavior management is inappropriate. In addition, administering physical activity as punishment is inappropriate.