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Dear Western District Members,

            Our goals for this year are to continue to increase member involvement at district business meetings, increase the use of district website as resource for our members, and increase membership at our district level.  Please refer back as along with the Mid-State Workshop on March 10th.   Details will be posted so stay tuned!

       I'm really excited to serve as President and looking forward to a great year.  I'm looking forward to meeting you at one of our meetings; our 1st of the year being Feb 27th.   Thank you for all your support!  

Jo Ambrose
IAHPERD Western District President

"Fit Kids Learn Better"

Upcoming Events

Mid-State Convention } March 10th
Shape-Up } March 8th
IAHPERD State Convention } Nov 16-17

There are several bills - amendments out there that could eliminate PE as a mandated subject in Illinois schools.  If they pass, the consequences could be devastating to our profession and our jobs.  This would also be harmful to all of the students that would be deprived of the chance to participate in physical education classes.    Please contact your legislators immediately and let them know not to vote for these bills for the sake of our children.  The link below will help you figure out who represents you.  

CLICK HERE to Find Your Legislator

Childhood Obesity Epidemic Costly In Many Ways 

1. The average 10-year-old girl weighed 77 pounds in 1963; today, 88. The 10-year-old boy weighed 74; today, 85. 

2. A 2006 study tracking 2,000 low-income children in 20 cities found that a third were overweight or obese
    before the age of 4. Most at risk: Hispanics. 

3. Even more than smoking or drinking, says a UCLA/Rand study, obesity triggers significant health problems and
      increases health spending. 

4. Children and teens consumed 110 to 165 more calories than they burned each day over a 10-year period,
    adding up to 58 pounds of extra weight, according to a Harvard University study. 

5. 2 percent of U.S. children eat a healthy diet as defined by the Agriculture Department. 

6. "Husky" car seats were developed several years ago. More than 250,000 children younger than 6 exceeded
      the weight standards for regular car seats in 2006. 

7. Soft-drink consumption has increased 300 percent in 20 years and is the leading source of added sugars for

8. 25 percent of all vegetables eaten in the United States are french fries or chips. 

9. 25 percent of all Americans eat fast food at least once a day. 

10. Americans consume 20 percent more calories than a generation ago; most come from fats and oils (up 63%),
      grains (up 43%) and sugar (up 19%). 



You can find your state representative and senator and their contact numbers at  www.ilga.gov



At the state convention, IAHPERD recognizes numerous award winners.   Do you know an outstanding individual in the professional fields of Physical, Health, Dance, Adapted or Leisure Education? Recognize these people by nominating them for Teacher of the Year (TOY).   These awards are given in recognition of outstanding instructional performance for elementary, middle, and secondary school physical education as well as in adapted, dance, health, and leisure education. Elected individuals have shown their great ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity. 

An FYI; anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher.  You can nominate anyone, as long as the individual is eligible for the respective award.  To check requirements and perhaps nominate someone in the future, check out the applications located on the IAHPERD main web site.

To download applications for any of the awards below; click HERE 

(A) Elementary Physical Educator       (B) Middle School Physical Educator    
(C) Secondary Physical Educator   (D) Health Educator   (E) Dance Educator  
(F) Service Award    &     (G) Honor Award 

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Located now on the IAHPERD Web site:  Just click on the IAHPERD Tab atop the page and click on Western District.  Once you plug in your e-mail address, you'll receive periodic updates on what's happening within Western District and IAHPERD.

If you send me someone's name and e-mail address, I will include them in our e-mails for Western District.   Thanks again for visiting our web site.  


Jo Ambrose

President of Western District
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Oppose SB13 
Immediate Attention Needed

Dear IAHPERD Members - A Message from Judy Tiggelaar (Government Affairs Chair)

    Time to take action. OPPOSE Senate Bill 13 (SB 13 Chief Sponsor Radogno) it is one of the budget bills that the Illinois Senate is pushing forward. There are many parts of SB 13 for educators to be concerned about. IAHPERD members are going focus on the two parts that impact physical education programs

    -SB 13 provides away for school districts to opt out of any unfunded school mandate.
    -SB 13 reduces the required number days PE is taught from 5 to 3.
    -SB 13 allows students in grades 9 through 12 who are in interscholastic or extracurricular athletics to exempt out of PE.
    -SB 13 no longer requires daily PE.

Take Action
    -Step One: File a witness slip OPPONENT SB 13

    -Step Two: contact your State legislators either by phone or email
If you don't know who your State legislators are the following link will help you find that information: Find Your State Legislator
Be sure to contact your State (the one with a Springfield office) not US legislator (the one with an office in Washington, DC).

If you are not sure how to fill out a witness slip, please see iahperd.org

    SB 13 is the first bill that we are going to ask you to take action on. There is another bill in the Illinois House HB 440 (Chief Sponsor Ives). HB 440 literally removes all requirements associated with physical education in our schools. Please contact your State Representative to voice your opposition to HB 440 before the bill is heard in committee. 

We will need to remain diligent and active. Let your elected state legislators know why quality, daily physical education is import for the students of Illinois. We may need to repeat our message over and over until they understand that physical education is essential for a well-rounded education. Sign up and participate in Shape Up Illinois

Stay In The Zone and focused on maintaining quality physical education in Illinois. 

Thank you,

Judy Tiggelaar
IAHPERD Past President
IAHPERD Governmental Affairs Chair      

    IAHPERD needs your Help .... To Help The Kids & Our Profession.  There is a lot of legislative action taking place - many times trying to get past us under the Radar.  That's especially when we need your HELP!   

      We now need to show our Support for various Bills and sometimes your Opposition by contacting members of the Senate Education Committee.  

Click HERE to view the latest news.  

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