Duchane elected to lead Midwest SHAPE district

Kim A. Duchane, professor of exercise and sport sciences at Manchester University, is the new president-elect of the Midwest District of the Society of Health and Physical Educators.  He was elected to lead the six-state district at the SHAPE America national convention in St. Louis, Mo.

A nonprofit professional education association with close to 20,000 members, SHAPE America aims to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high quality physical education, sport, and physical activity programs.

 SHAPE America, which has been setting the standard for the profession for more than 128 years, believes that daily physical activity is critical to improve school and work performance and the overall health of individuals. As a national spokesperson for the Midwest organization, Duchane will promote quality physical education, physical activity and sport programs. He also will lend expertise to tackle the growing epidemic of physical inactivity in children and the importance of physical activity for everyone.

 "My advocacy work promoting quality health and physical education programs in Indiana has been very rewarding and I hope to bring similar efforts in my new position," said Duchane. "I plan to help project SHAPE America's voice even stronger to help forge strong partnerships and identify policy items that are critical to our progress in pushing physical education higher on the priority list in schools and communities."

 Duchane has served in a variety of positions at the state and national levels.  He was president of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  At the national level, he was chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2010 national convention.  Duchane also served on the Advocacy Committee, Physical Education Ethics Task Force, and Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, as well as a variety of committees in the Midwest District.

 The North Manchester resident has received several prestigious awards, including the Midwest Honor, Scholar, and Meritorious Service, as well as the Indiana AHPERD Leadership and Honor awards.  He was a Teacher of the Year during his public school teaching experience in Texas.  Duchane is a published author of more than 25 journal articles and has shared more than 60 presentations to state and national audiences.

 Duchane will continue teaching as a Manchester University faculty member, a position he has held for more than 20 years. His focus is to help teachers learn to nurture in their students the knowledge, skills, and desire to be physically active and make healthy choices now, and for the rest of their lives.

Over the course of his career, Duchane has supervised more than 100 student teachers.  He teaches adapted physical education methods, elementary and secondary teaching methods, and health promotion courses at the undergraduate level at the University.

 Duchane holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health education from Northern Michigan University, a master's degree in physical education and special education from Sam Houston State University in Texas, and a doctorate in adapted physical education from Texas Woman’s University.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,400 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

Aug. 22, 2014

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