Overview

EPEC Objectives are aligned with the new National Standards and Grade-level Outcomes (2014), as summarized below1.

EPEC™ Classic K-5- when taught with fidelity- reinforces Common Core State Standards in 1. Speaking and Listening and 2. Language. View the Common Core Standards Reinforcement (PDF).

The Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC) is a nationally recognized program2 that combats the crushing burden of chronic disease in our population. Chronic diseases are the most widespread, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Physical activity is highly protective against the major chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, and obesity). The objectives in EPEC systematically and sequentially increase fitness levels, develop motor skills, increase activity-related knowledge, and develop and improve the personal/social/attitudinal characteristics students need to be physically active for life and to reduce their risk for chronic disease. Therefore, EPEC is a true public health initiative being carried out completely in the education arena.

EPEC is also a school reform initiative that is working to shift the emphasis of physical education away from merely keeping students busy, happy, and good toward instruction based on clearly-stated outcomes. As a result of a defined direction and clear objectives, students are more likely to learn, develop competencies and confidence, and be prepared for a physically active life.

EPEC grade-level benchmarks and materials provide a roadmap to achieve grade level outcomes for K-12 physical education. The EPEC K12 graduate is a physically literate person with the tools to be physically active for life (see Figure 1).


EPEC activities are designed to provide all students with equal amounts of practice, so activities do not eliminate less-skilled students. Eliminating less-skilled students deprives them of the opportunity to get much-needed practice, resulting in an even greater disparity in student ability levels. In addition, the EPEC philosophy opposes the use of physical activity as punishment for students who don’t perform well. None of the EPEC activities require students to do push-ups, sit-ups, etc., for failing to do well in an activity. We want students to enjoy physical activity rather than view it as punishment.


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1 Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes For k-12 Physical Education. 2014

22002 Award for Excellence in Prevention Research and Research Translation in Chronic Disease from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

3 EPEC Grades 612 Modules currently include: Basketball, Golf, Personal Conditioning, Resistance Training, Soccer, and Volleyball.