Advocacy in Physical Education
Not presented in order of importance

Link Between Physical Education and Academic Performance

SPARK: Harvard Researcher Ratey documents effects of exercise on the brain!
Resources: NASPE, Brain Gym, California Study, Article, Article2
Learning and Movement Connection (related PowerPoint) - Bob Fitzpatrick

Newsletters - Great way to communicate what goes on in physical education and its importance.  Sample newsletters from around the nation are included below:

Gym Shorts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Gymnusium 1, 2, 3, The Good Sport, Others: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Newspaper Articles Supporting PE

Get Children Moving (Baltimore Sun), New PE (CNN), Exercise Boosts Brain Power (Reuters), Life Expectancy & Obesity, NCLB v. PE, Obesity Up-PE Down (CBS), Parents and Teachers on Obesity (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), PE and DDR (NY Times), Penny Wise-Pound Foolish (The Oregonian), Schools Improving on Nutrition and Fitness (NY Times)

Obesity Trend - Definitely not going in the right direction

Obesity Fact Sheet (American Heart Association), Obesity Percent to Rise (Associated Press), Obesity PowerPoint

Presentation to School Board about Physical Education Program

Surgeon General's Call to Action

Fact Sheets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Other Resources Worth Checking Out

Miscellaneous Advocacy Ideas
Benefits of Physical Activity 1, 2
Why Students Need PE (Health School Coalition)
Instructional Time for PE Recommendations 
Advocacy Video (You Tube)
Physical Activity v. Physical Education (NASPE) 
Position Statement on PE from American Heart Association 
Promoting Physical Activity (CDC) 
Promoting Physical Activity (Health and Human Services)
Top 10 Reasons to Not Miss PE 
Why Be Physically Active (PPT)
Why Promote Physical Activity (PPT)