WHPE February Update

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A Focus on Health

We are Wisconsin Health and Physical Education. Many times we end up focusing a lot of our efforts on physical education. Physical education has been under attack for so long and since most of our members primarily teach physical education, it is understandable why we have a tendency to focus on physical education. What we even sometimes forget is that health education is the other half of what we do. If we do physical education without health education, our students are missing out.

How many health decisions did you make today? Did you get eight hours sleep? Have breakfast? Have a healthy breakfast? Drink water today? Wear your seat belt? Have a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar? I believe that health education is just as important as teaching reading and writing. it is a skill we use every day of our lives, for our entire lives. We need to push to have quality health education just as much as we push to have physical education.

With that in mind. This month's update will focus on health education. First up, check out our "Relevant Issues for Health Educators" workshop next month. Mary Wentland, the WHPE 2012 Health Educator of the Year has taken the lead on creating an incredible line up for the March 11th workshop. Please check it out and come and learn with us!

Have a great heart health month everyone!


Brett Fuller

WHPE President

"We're Built to Move"

2016 Relevant Issues for Health Education Teachers, March 11, 2016

Health Education Teachers...don't miss out on this excellent workshop and sharing day. This event will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Stoney Creek Hotel in Wausau, WI. Registration materials and presenter information can be found online at www.whpe.us.

SHAPE America Podcast and Webinar on Health Education

Not only are we focusing on health education in February, so is SHAPE America. Check out this podcast hosted by our very own Matt Pomeroy and Colin Brooks. Their panelists this month are Andy Horne, Andy Milne and Jeff Barlett. Many of you will remember Andy Horne (SHAPE America 2015 Health TOY) and Andy Milne from their phenomenal presentations at our convention last fall!

Why Teach Health?

One of the great partners in our fight to create quality health education is the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Children's Hospital has created several e-Learning courses for elementary health education. These courses are free to school districts across the state.

The video below was created to explain why it is important to teach health at all grades!

Sex Education

One of the "big" topics we are asked to spend time on is sex education. This is tough to do in many school districts. One resource that we use in Milwaukee is a website meant for students called, "Baby Can Wait". While is has Milwaukee specific information such as locations of clinics, it also has a lot of good resources and medically accurate information that is useful for all students.

Suicide Prevention

Under State Statute students must be taught suicide prevention. The Wisconsin Department of Public instruction has created some free resources for health teachers on suicide prevention. Check these out and if you have any questions, contat Eileen Hare at the DPI:

Eileen Hare, MS

Consultant- Health Education, Physical Education, Coordinated School Health



Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction,

Student Services/ Prevention & Wellness Team


Heart Health Month and Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart

February is Heart Health Month. Many of you are holding your Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events this month. If not, it is still not too late to sign up!

If you have questions, get in touch with Penny Kroening, the WHPE Jurmp Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Coordinator! PKROENIN@waukesha.k12.wi.us

You can also contact the American Heart Association Youth Marketing Directors directly:

Northern Wisconsin/UP MI


Northeast WI (Green Bay)


Northeast WI (Oshkosh)


Central WI


North Central, WI (Eau Claire)


Southwest WI






North/West Milwaukee, Columbia County


When in doubt…


2016 WHPE State Convention call for proposals!

Friday, March 11th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Let's start thinking about the 2016 Convention at the Wilderness Lodge in Wisconin Dells. Submit your proposal online.

Check out the www.whpe.us