NCAAHPERD recognizes outstanding teaching and professional involvement by selecting and honoring teachers and/or professionals of the year in several categories. In some instances, those receiving such recognition advance to compete for similar honors in the Southern District AAHPERD. If chosen for the Southern District award, the honoree competes for the national award, which is presented at the national AAHPERD Convention.
The "In-school Prevention of Obesity and Disease" (IsPOD) initiative is NCAAHPERD's flagship initiative in the fight against childhood obesity in North Carolina. Before the obesity epidemic entered the current public zeitgeist, NCAAHPERD recognized the trend and developed a multi-tiered strategy to combat the issue.
IsPOD is a 4-year Kate B. Reynolds (KBR) grant-funded program that began in fall 2008, designed to improve the health and fitness of North Carolina Kindergarten to 8th grade students. IsPOD is an expansion of a program funded by the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund (HWTF) from fall 2006 to spring 2008. The original HWTF program addressed health disparities in seven targeted North Carolina (NC) counties from seven educational regions. NCAAHPERD provided specialized physical education training in the SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) curriculum to students in grades 3 through 8 in these seven targeted counties over the 2-year grant period. SPARK is a research-based physical education program, designed to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), improve fitness levels and sport skills, and enhance the enjoyment of physical education among students.
Joint Projects refers to Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart. They are national events sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Students in these programs have fun jumping rope and playing basketball — all while becoming empowered to improve their health and help other kids with heart health issues. Funds raised through Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart give back to children, communities and schools through the American Heart Association’s work.
Joint Projects Grants
Each year Joint Projects awards ten $400 grants to schools that participate in Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart. The grants are presented at the NCAAHPERD Convention in November.
Friends of NCAAHPERD
The Friends of NCAAHPERD was established in 1989 to raise funds for worthwhile projects of the NCAAHPERD membership.
Friends of NCAAHPERD Grants
Each year Friends awards a number of grants to individuals or groups that propose worthy projects that promote the interests or vision of NCAAHPERD. The grants are presented at the NCAAHPERD Convention in November.