At the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo, March 16, Lake Grove Elementary health and physical education specialist Dana Henry was named the recipient of the 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools Outstanding Physical Activity Leader Award.
SHAPE America is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. It defines excellence in physical education and is committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives, according to a press release. Each year, SHAPE America recognizes one individual who exemplifies leadership with the Physical Activity Leader Learning System, embodies the Let’s Move! Active Schools spirit and champions a comprehensive school physical activity program within his or her community.
After attending a PAL training, Henry chose to engage her school community to better address the physical education needs of the Lake Grove students. Because of her work in organizing a PAL team at her school and implementing the Let’s Move! Active Schools Assessment, not only do students at Lake Grove learn about health, fitness and sports in their daily physical education lessons, they are engaged in physical activity throughout the day and after school, according to a press release.
“More than me receiving this award, it’s my school,” Henry said after receiving her award. “Everybody here supports kids being active and moving throughout the day. Our staff is amazing. Be it showing up at a weekend jamboree or organizing a cheerleading squad for our flag football team, they are always involved and doing something. It truly is a team effort.”