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The Fall 2015 Spirit Challenge Powered by adidas Comes to a Close!

After a month of heart-racing (no pun intended) competition by hundreds of schools across the country, the Spirit Challenge powered by adidas has finally come to a close. Over 17,000 students participated during the 28-day contest and were able to collectively burn over 6.7 MILLION calories and spend a total of 790 THOUSAND minutes in target heart rate. Truly incredible results and we couldn’t be prouder to inspire and support such a wonderful initiative.

But participating in the Heart Rate Spirit Challenge wasn’t the only way to walk away a winner this fall, we also held a Twitter sweepstakes where schools around the country who do not yet have an IHT Spirit System were able to enter a raffle to win a complete system by tweeting and letting us know that they’ve committed to doing 1 healthy thing this fall. We were overwhelmed with entries and so excited to read everyone’s tweets. We’re also very excited to publically announce the winners of the 2015 IHT Spirit Challenge powered by adidas! Drumroll please…

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5 Ways to Use Your Natural Environment to Engage Kids in Activity

IHT is happy to publish this guest post from Spirit System partner and National Advisory Board member, Jim Jenkins, PE and Health Teacher at Jackson Hole High School in Jackson, Wyoming.

Looking for a way to spice up your cardio work for your kids? How about using your local environment to make things interesting for them? Variety, after all, is the spice of life! Plus, we all know exercise and fresh air are good for children’s growing bodies — especially today, when statistics show that American children are increasingly overweight, and spend more time indoors than their parents did.

Which is why using your natural environment to engage kids in activity during your PE class time is so important.

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