PhUn Week

Find a Teacher

The pivotal aspect of PhUn Week is providing an opportunity for K-12 students in your community to interact with a physiologist. If you already know a teacher, discuss a PhUn Week visit with him/her. You can send the PhUn Week flyer (see Resources below) as an introduction. A good place to start is contacting your own children's teachers, or even teachers who work with children of your colleagues, graduate students, or friends. If you are at a university/college setting, check for contacts in the education department.

If you are not familiar with the schools in your area, you can use the National Center for Education Statistics website to find contact information for schools in your area (see Resources below).

Invite Your Colleagues

Discuss and share the PhUn Week flier (see Resources below) with your lab group and department chair. It is especially effective to bring trainees to schools to interact with the children. Recruit undergrads, graduate students, technicians, and post-docs in your laboratory to brainstorm on your presentation and learning activities. Each registered presenter will receive a PhUn Week t-shirt! Complete the shirt size section on the Online PhUn Week Event Planner by October 1 (see Resources below). Be sure your administration and university press office are aware of your planned visit.

Plan Your Lesson

Look at the left navigation for links to elementary, middle, and high school PhUn Week activities and lessons. We also encourage you to use the following resources on exercise and health provided by federal agencies and other professional societies. Links are provided in Resources below.

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Getting Healthy-Physical Activity
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Brochures and Fact Sheets
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA) Food and Fitness
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Exercise
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Physical Activity for Everyone
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Your Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart
  • National Middle School Association (NMSA) Healthy students are better learners

These websites are external to the American Physiological Society and the links are provided for your convenience and information. The APS is not responsible for the content of these external links but recognizes these organizations as leaders in the areas of health and/or education.

Plan the Physiologists’ Visit

Work with the teacher to develop your instructional plan for PhUn Week. Be sure to ask for information on appropriate grade-level terminology, students’ prior knowledge, and desired outcomes with the teacher.

Use and complete the PhUn Week Event Planner (see Resources below) to help plan your visit to the classroom. Note these Planner hints:

  • Include the total number of students, teachers, and physiologists you want to receive free fun PhUn Week give-aways! APS has a limited supply of “freebies” each year. Be sure to request some for your students. First come, first served…so get your Event Planner in early!
  • Complete and return the PhUn Week Event Planner by October 1 to ensure delivery of materials by November 1.

Offer Feedback

Provide feedback to APS about the PhUn Week activities. Also, we encourage you to “debrief” with the teachers each year. What worked well? What would you modify for next time? Remember that PhUn Week comes every year!


PhUn Week 2018 Save the Date Flyer (PDF)

This flyer provides an overview of PhUn Week activities and how to get involved.

APS PhUn Week Press Release Template (DOC)

This is a press release template for PhUn Week. Please complete with your information.

PhUn Week Student Demographic Form (XLS)

This excel sheet allows you to enter details about your PhUnWeek students.

National Center for Education Statistics – Search for Public Schools

Use this U.S. Department of Education website to find schools near you when planning an PhUn Week event.

American Heart Association (AHA) Exercise and Fitness

Exercising as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease. For every hour of walking, you may increase your life expectancy by two hours.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Brochures and Fact Sheets

ACSM touts the benefits of regular physical activity and sport through comprehensive, up-to-date information developed by ACSM members and certified professionals, and shared through its brochure series and Current Comment fact sheet series.

American Diabetes Association (ADA) Food and Fitness

Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, and it's especially important for people with diabetes. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart (PDF)

This booklet will help you to understand the impact of physical activity on your heart, as well as the power of regular activity to help keep you healthy overall.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Physical Activity for Everyone

There is no need to think of strenuous exercise or boring workouts. Instead, do the fun activities you enjoy and watch the health benefits follow!

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

The NHLBI provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals.

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Health and Wellness

As an advocate of coordinated school health programming, AMLE provides resources to schools and communities in their efforts to develop healthy, productive, and ethical citizens.