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?

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

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 (PDF | 2.2 MB) is also available.

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

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

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.

Physical Education Standards

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

This Web site links to information on physical education practices that serve the best interests of children.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity


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.

Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Chapter D: Policies to Promote Physical Activity

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.