Physical Education and Activity Services

Contacts, Resources and Data


Dale Dieckman - Physical Education Specialist
Mary Ann Simpkins - School Health Administrator
Jessica Warren - Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobaccon Coordinator
Office of Coordinated School Health


You’ve Gotta Move is an exciting activity-based program designed and delivered as an engaging combination of dance, activity and music for kindergarten to second grade students. 

This video will get kids moving and their hearts pumping as they follow along with Catherine Carter and the You’ve Gotta Move kids. You’ve Gotta Move was designed so that it can be easily and successfully utilized right in the classroom.  Regular use of the DVD will help teachers achieve the competencies set forth by the Mississippi Physical Education Framework and the requirements of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act.

Project Fit America / Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi

Project Fit America continues to have a positive impact on children across the state through funding from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, giving kids the opportunity to get fit and healthy while having fun. Through this support, 164 schools in Mississippi are now benefiting from Project Fit America grants. With the prevalence of childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyles, Project Fit America is helping kids get back to the basics with physical activity. The equipment is designed to help improve physical and cardiovascular strength in kids, while classroom-based curriculum teaches healthy choices and promotes self-esteem.. Schools benefiting from the program are reporting significant increases in students’ fitness levels. Some schools have reported as much as a 159 percent increase in students’ cardiovascular fitness and a 92 percent increase in upper body strength.

For more information about Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi and Project Fit America, please visit the following links:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation-

Project Fit America Home Page-

Mississippi’s Project Fit Schools -

Mississippi’s Project Fit America’s All-Star Teachers-

Project Fit America Lesson Plans -

PE Central Live Adapted PE Panel Q & A Session-recorded.  PE Central recently assembled a panel of Adapted PE experts to answer Adapted PE questions. The panel of Carol Ryan, Tim Davis and Marty Block, answered every question that was posed during the hour long discussion. To listen to the replay go to:

The Physical Education Evaluation Tool is a resource developed by the Office of Healthy Schools with guidance from the National Association of Sports & Physical Education, Institute of Higher Learning Leaders, School Principals, and Physical Education Teachers from across Mississippi. Its purpose is to assist principals, school district curriculum specialists, and others who evaluate physical education teachers by providing a guide for ongoing assessment and evaluation. The evaluation tool identifies the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to provide sound instruction in the K-12 physical education classroom, and provides a tool for feedback, reflection and self-assessment for physical education teachers.

All teachers benefit from meaningful, ongoing assessment and evaluation. The NASPE-developed Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool identifies the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to provide sound instruction in the K-12 physical education classroom. Its purpose is to assist principals and school district curriculum specialists who evaluate physical education teachers as well as to guide physical education teachers in reflection and self-assessment, and serve as an instruction tool in college/university physical education teacher education programs. This resource document is aligned with NASPE's National Standards for Physical Education, Appropriate Practices for Physical Education, Opportunity to Learn Standards and the recently published position paper, "What Constitutes a Highly Qualified Physical Education Teacher?" To access this information visit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans - Press Release & Fact Sheet

Committed to Move - Physical Education Report 07/08

H2o .... Way to Go!

2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

Coordinated School Health Implementation Resource (Word Doc)

2006 Mississippi Physical Education Framework

School Health Index (SHI) - The SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely confidential.

Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness & Sports Awards Reception
Excellence in Physical Education Certification Program
2008 Governor's Commission Awards Reception
The 2007 awards reception

2003 Mississippi Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

MOHS Local School Wellness Policy Guide for Development

Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007

During the 2007 session, momentous progress was made when the Mississippi legislature and Governor Barbour demonstrated their overwhelming commitment to the future of Mississippi children with the passage of SB 2369 that created the Mississippi Healthy Students Act.   This bill requires activity-based instruction, health education instruction and increases graduation requirements to include ½ Carnegie unit in physical education. It addresses a number of additional requirements designed to improve the nutrition and health habits of children as well as increase the safe and healthy environments of Mississippi schools through school wellness plans.  Review the specific requirements of SB 2369 at

Health in Action – This searchable database offers a wide range of health and physical education activity ideas for teachers, providing all the information you need in one complete package. Written by Mississippi teachers, the lesson plans available on Health in Action were designed specifically to help their fellow educators fulfill the requirements of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act.

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For additional resources for physical education please visit

Physical Education Connections and Resources


Research to Support Physical Education and Active Learning

Associations Between Fitness and Academic Achievement/Behavior

Office of Healthy Schools     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1737     Fax: (601) 576-1417

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