Childhood Nutrition and Physical Activity in Educational Settings

KIDS_RINMeets: 3rd Monday of each month at 11am


Sandy Noel, retired P.E. teacher, Chair of the Governor’s Council on Health & Physical Fitness

Mark Peysakhovich, Senior Director of Government Relations, American Heart Association Midwest

2015 Focus: Implementing the new P.E. learning standards & policies in schools across the state, working to ensure the state maintains its daily P.E. requirement in schools, & promoting implementation of the new competitive foods standards in schools.

2014 Focus: In addition to the 2015 areas of focus, the workgroup also worked to  ensure the State Board of Education had strong standards around the number of days schools can use unhealthy foods in fundraisers.

Workgroup Resources:


New! Fitness Assessments in Illinois – Tools, Resources, and Information You Need (registration required) – A webinar to help P.E. teachers administer the required fitness assessments accurately and with fidelity to the Fitnessgram protocols, and to use assessment data to improve P.E. programming. It also helps administrators support fitness testing and communicate with their communities about the value of fitness assessments. Recorded on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Pump Up P.E.: Ways to Effectively Engage Parents (brief registration required) – On ways physical educators can better engage parents as champions of physical education and school health. Recorded on 1/25/16.

New Laws & Standards to Pump Up P.E. in Illinois (brief registration required) – On the “Enhanced Physical Education” intervention, new P.E. developments/requirements for schools in IL and implementation guidance. Recorded 5/9/16. This webinar featured an opening call to action from Jean Sophie, Superintendent of Schools, Lake Bluff School District 65 and presentations by Marcey Siegel, Pump Up P.E. Teacher Trainer and Adjunct Instructor/University Supervisor, Benedictine University.

Enhanced Physical Education

USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Resources