Who we are

LAHPERD is an acronym for the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Founded in 1934, the aim of this organization is to improve the quality of life through health and fitness and recreational activities. LAHPERD is an affiliate of SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators)

Members of LAHPERD: teachers, administrators, dance instructors, recreation supervisors, fitness directors, college students, allied health specialists, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, etc., are found in sixty-four parishes (counties) and twenty-four universities in the state.


The Benefits of Membership

Membership in LAHPERD is on an annual basis. The membership period begins on June 1 and ends on May 31 of the subsequent year, regardless of when membership was initiated.  Membership categories include active professionals in the field, undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and/or Dance, retired professionals, associate members: individuals not meeting the qualifications of the professional member but who have an interest in the support of these professions, and life membership.

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Our organization is organized into divisions, sections, and committees. Each division represents the major disciplines within health, physical education, recreation, and dance; each division is comprised of sections that represent the more specific focus areas of the division. In addition to divisions and sections, we have a number of committees that are responsible for carrying out non-division-specific work of the organization.

All division, section, and committee leaders are members of the Board of Directors; however, only the Executive Committee and division leaders hold voting privileges.

Current members are encouraged to become involved with the organization through divisions, sections, and committees. Any interested persons should contact the appropriate vice president, section chair, or committee chair. All contact information is available in our Board of Directors’ directory

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