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Teacher Combines Funding Sources to Add PE Heart Rate Monitors to Curriculum

Elementary Students Display Improved Performance, Increased Attention to Exercise Habits

By pairing funding from his local education foundation with technology department funding, Lincoln (St. Charles, Ill.) Elementary School PE teacher Will Navis added key fitness tools to his program.

Looking to purchase a class set of IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors along with the IHT Spirit System assessment software to enhance student motivation in class, Navis needed close to $5,000. He just didn’t know where he’d find it in one place. Read More

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McAllen PE Administrator Finds Success Earning ESSA Title IV, Part A Funding

Fast thinking and teamwork helped McAllen ISD (Texas) Coordinator for Health and Physical Education Mario Reyna fund two purchases through his district’s Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV, Part A allocation.

For the 2018-19 school year, Reyna worked with McAllen’s State and Federal Programs office to secure nearly $50,000 to purchase the IHT Spirit System for each of the district’s middle school PE departments. In 2017-18, Reyna secured similar funding to add music-based fitness tools to every elementary, middle and high school campus in McAllen ISD. Read More

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Strength training linked to improved heart health

Researchers say consumers don’t need to lift too many weights to see positive effects

Originally published Nov. 13, 2018 in Consumer Affairs.

By Kristen Dalli

While many consumers think that hitting the weight room is only making them stronger and more muscular, a new study found that there may be health benefits associated with even the lightest weightlifting regimen.

Researchers from Iowa State University found that people who spend under an hour every week lifting weights were at a reduced risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This news may be most positive to those who are leery of the weight room, as the researchers also found that any additional time lifting weights wasn’t improving health in any way. Read More