AAHPERD’s mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.
AAHPERD's national associations have the following purposes:
- to develop and disseminate professional guidelines, standards, and ethics;
- to enhance professional practice by providing opportunities for professional growth and development;
- to advance the body of knowledge in the fields of study and in the professional practice of the fields by initiating, facilitating, and disseminating research.