National Guidelines and Standards


Check out the national guidelines and standards for physical activity, physical education, and quality PE teacher and sports coaches. How does your school measure up?



Model and Sample Policies-Physical Activity Access and Outreach

Alliance for A Healthier Generation.

Sample policy language pulled from the Alliance for A Healthier Generation's model policy.


Policy Continuum for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (February 2012) (PDF | 453 KB)

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Sample policy language for physical education and physical activity that range from a “meaningful step in the right direction” to optimal policy reflecting evidence-based best practice.


School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC combined the research and best practices for promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools into nine guidelines. The guidelines serve as the foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students.


Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2008)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

These guidelines provide science-based guidance to help Americans aged 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity. A Midcourse Report (December 2012) (PDF | 2.2 MB) is also available.


National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (2013) (PDF | 1.72 MB)

Shape America.

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. View the national standards for K-12 PE.


Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Chapter D: Policies to Encourage Physical Activity (2012)

National Association of State Boards of Education.

This guide contains recent scientific data, analysis, examples of state and local best practices, and evidence-based model policies that can be adapted by schools, districts, and states. The guides also cover a wide array of topics, such as what makes a quality physical education program, promoting active commuting to school, and the importance of recess and other physical activity breaks.


National Physical Activity Plan

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.

The Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The National Physical Activity Plan is comprised of recommendations that are organized in eight societal sectors: 1) Business and Industry; 2) Education; 3) Health Care; 4) Mass Media; 5) Parks, Recreation, Fitness, and Sports; 6) Public Health; 7) Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design; and 8) Volunteer and Non-Profit.