The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, was founded in 1931 by a group of professionals dedicated to improving the effectiveness of health, physical education, recreation, dance and the promotion of human welfare.


Members hold the following values to be important to the life, well-being and work of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance:

Individual Values

  • a quality of life (physical, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual) characterized by optimal fitness and wellness
  • collegiality, friendship and play
  • continuous professional development
  • equality of opportunity for professional involvement and organizational leadership
  • personal, professional integrity and ethical standards
  • flexible, adaptable and dynamic personal and professional leadership
  • pursuit and appreciation of skillful and aesthetic movement


  • cogent and purposeful research and other scholarly activity
  • consistent excellence in products and services to members
  • effective communication and cooperation within the Association structure
    • among the state districts
    • among affiliates and the Association
    • between the Association & outside agencies & associations
  • effective public relations programs
  • continued development of competent leadership
  • each discipline’s unique contribution to the quality of life
  • public, legislative support
  • equal access and opportunity by all to quality programs


The purposes of the Association are:

I. to facilitate cooperation, promote human welfare and improve the effectiveness of health, physical education, recreation and dance programs,

II. to encourage and disseminate research,

III. to assist in the promotion, implementation and ongoing evaluation of professional standards for personnel and programs,

IV. to promote, sponsor, and/or conduct professional meetings,

V. to provide informational services through a variety of publications, media services and professional meetings,

VI. to provide representation and services to district and national associations,

VII. to cooperate with other professional groups having similar interests for the development of quality programs in health, physical education, recreation and dance,

VIII. to facilitate and encourage programs in public information and marketing,

IX. to provide opportunities for professional and personal growth.

X. to represent the interests of school children, their parents and their teachers regarding legislation which affects the quality of students’ physical health and well-being.

Organizations with a similar mission and purpose may seek the use of the name and logo of IAHPERD and the privilege of its support to promote their program and plans.  The granting of such support and encouragement should not be interpreted as endorsement for it is difficult to maintain quality control, compliance and accountability for the projected purposes of such projects.  The affiliate or sponsoring organization must assume accountability for compliance and quality control.  The name and logo of the Association are a reflection of the value of well-being and education in life and society, not a symbol of merit of any individual, product or enterprise organizing such activities.


The following five action priorities were developed as primary concerns of IAHPERD. Action strategies, capability to implement, putting it all together with adequate resources, the eventual implementation of the plans and continuous evaluation become the ongoing process of the Applied Strategic Plan.

Action Priorities

  • public relations/legislative efforts
  • training and development
  • professional leadership development
  • statewide topical clinics and workshops
  • membership
  • promotion and retention of new markets
  • quality control mechanisms
  • ISBE standards: curricular, physical fitness, motor performance
  • standards related to physical education mandate
  • budget
  • allocations, consideration, reallocation