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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.  

       I'm really excited to serve as President and looking forward to a great year.  I'm looking forward to meeting you once again at the State IAHPERD Convention.   Thank you for all your support!  

Jo Ambrose
IAHPERD Western District President

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Western District Meeting } At the IAHPERD Convention

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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Continue taking action by following the steps listed below:

Step One:  File a witness slip
Even if you have already filed a witness slip it is time to file another. We will need to do this multiple times. Unfortunately each time the committee recesses the witness slips reset to zero.
When filling out the witness slip please identify yourself as a citizen or voter instead of teacher or IAHPERD member.

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

Here's a script that you can follow if you email or call your Senator or Representative:

My name is____________
My address is _________________

Dear _______________________,

As a voter in Illinois and a constituent, I am urging you to vote NO on (identify the bill by number).

The reasons why I ask you to vote NO on (identify the bill by number):
Permanently diminishing physical education requirements will deprive students of instructional time that is critical for developing the motor, movement, and behavioral skills that are essential for the lifelong maintenance of a physically active lifestyle.

91% of parents feel that there should be more physical education in schools, particularly for addressing obesity (SHAPE America/American Heart Association, 2016 Shape of the Nation.)

Physical education is identified as an Essential Subject for a well-rounded education, therefore, Title I, Title II and Title IV funds are available for physical education programs (Every Student Succeeds Act 2015).

(your name)

What Does SB 1947 Mean for K-12 Physical Education?
September 4, 2017

The main purpose of SB 1947 is to create an equalized system for providing school funding in Illinois. Reaching a compromise on budgetary issues was an ongoing battle throughout the legislative session. The General Assembly finally passed a budget in early July but had not addressed the school funding packaged. The lack of a funding agreement left many school districts in Illinois uncertain whether they would be able to remain open for the entire school year. When a compromise was finally reached on SB 1947 several components were added: school vouchers, individual tax credits, a reduction of PE requirements and outsourcing drivers education were last minute add-ons. 

Drastic changes have been made to the Physical Education mandate. The key components include: instructional time allotted for PE, exemptions from PE, waivers for PE, and a streamlined waiver process. The components of SB 1947 that directly impact PE are outlined in this document.