Oregon SHAPE

Guest Post | Physical Literacy Kick Starter

October 18, 2017
Written by Dr. Dean Kriellaars

The Oregon SHAPE conference has just wrapped up in Bend, and I was inspired by the participants so I thought I would follow up with a newsletter piece. I was honored to provide three conference sessions – one session on “what is physical literacy and now it might be a stepping stone to active participation”, the second on using physical literacy to enhance performance of athletes, as well as enhancing “durability” of participants, and the third was a workshop on “what does a quality physical literacy experience look like in PE class?”. The links to the powerpoint presentations can be found here.

With any emerging concept, like physical literacy, the first step is awareness; the second step is “how to”. If you have become a champion of physical literacy, then I suggest a few introductory videos for your students (ages 6 to 12), as well as parents to increase their awareness.

The Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) has produced three “Hands Up” videos on physical literacy (introductionexploration, and application) that are well worth a look & listen. The introduction video is shown below.

Sport Wales has produced a cute video on the basic concepts of physical literacy shown in the Physical literacy Cycle diagram below.

Active for Life in Canada has produced a video on the role of physical literacy in sports participation, and the link can be found here.

Finally, Design to Move has an interesting piece related to “5 years more life expectancy” that evokes an emotional response about the need to help deliver physical literacy to our children so that they can choose what they want to do in life, and continue to participate through adulthood so they “have 5 extra years of life”.

I will close this contribution to the newsletter with a figure that I find useful to remind me of the importance of both psychological and physical aspects of physical literacy when delivering the HPE curriculum to our future generation. The physical literacy cycle shows a positive feedback cycle, which is evidenced by scientific studies, showing that competence leads to confidence which leads to enjoyment with movement, and development of intrinsic motivation to continue a physical literacy journey through life.

News Story | Bend seminar takes aim at obesity

KTVZ News Channel 21 joined us today at the Oregon SHAPE Conference in Bend to learn about the importance of physical literacy and how it is the new medicine to battle childhood obesity. Click on the image below to watch the full news story.


PRESS RELEASE | Health and Physical Education Teachers Face Obesity Epidemic with New Medicine: Physical Literacy


Health and Physical Education Teachers Face Obesity Epidemic with New Medicine: Physical Literacy

BEND, OR, October 12, 2017 – As World Obesity Day passes, newly released data shows the United States leading the world in childhood obesity. The World Obesity Federation said “[they] are calling on all governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to prioritise investment in tackling obesity. This means investment in obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.” This weekend over 200 health and physical educators, who reach over 100,000 students, will travel from all over the state for the 103rd Annual Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) conference to learn how to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic using a new approach called physical literacy.

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Conference Socials & Out and About in Bend!

We are so excited to have you join us for our conference on October 13 & 14! Not registered yet? Make sure to register before the conference starts to access the regular discount (if you register the day of, you will pay a late registration fee). You can register here.


Click here to access this digital poster!

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

We would like to give a massive shout out to this year’s conference sponsors. We could not do it without their support! Make sure to stop by their booths to say thank you, and learn about how they can support you in your role as an educator. Check out below for who they are and a few words from them! Read More

Register Today to Attend the Oregon SHAPE Conference!

We hope to see you on October 13 & 14 for the 2017 Oregon SHAPE Conference – “A Physical Literacy Journey”. We have keynote speaker, Dr. Dean Kriellaars, featured speaker, Lara Brickhouse, exciting sessions sponsored by the PEAK Coalition, and more! This is a must-attend conference! You can register for the evening Friday workshops only, the Saturday conference only, or both!

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Press Release: SHAPE America Introduces All-New Standards-Based Online Learning Platform for K-12 Health and Physical Educators

For more information, contact:
Paula Keyes Kun (703) 476-3461; pkun@shapeamerica.org
Follow @SHAPE_America on Twitter, hashtag #Shape50Million, Instagram and Periscope. Like us on Facebook.

SHAPE America Introduces All-New Standards-Based Online Learning Platform for K-12 Health and Physical Educators

RESTON, VA, July 27, 2017 – K-12 health and physical education teachers looking to elevate their teaching and advance their careers are being introduced today to an all-new standards-based online learning platform by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators. Through the SHAPE America Online Institute, teachers will be able to:

  • Find targeted webinars and courses of interest in just seconds using the powerful search and browse functionality
  • Uncover new learning opportunities with the recommended courses and related items features;
  • Track their online professional development and contact hours in one place from the user-friendly dashboard.

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