Quincy Family YMCA and Lincoln-Douglas Elementary team up for Heart Rate Monitors

Originally published Aug. 21, 2019 by KHQA.

Making physical education more interesting to grade school students; that’s now a reality at Lincoln Douglas Elementary school in Quincy.

It’s all thanks to a grant from the Tracy Family Foundation, to allow the school and YMCA to team up buy new [IHT ZONE wrist] heart monitors. Read More

Patrons petition to bring PE specialists back to MVSD elementary schools

Originally published Aug. 21, 2019 in the Idaho County Free Press.

By Lorie Palmer

“Our communities see the benefit of having a certified specialist instruct our children in physical education,” Grangeville Elementary Middle School teacher and parent Bernadette Edwards told the Mountain View School District 244 school board July 29.

On behalf of MVSD patrons, Edwards presented a petition with more than 1,500 signatures requesting the board to rescind the removal of elementary P.E. specialists. This decision was made by the board at the June meeting in order to balance the 2019-20 budget. Read More

Health and Fitness: Back to school and ready to learn

Originally published Aug. 18, 2019 in the Aiken Standard.

By Dr. Brian B. Parr

Physical activity and good nutrition have long been recognized as essential for promoting good health in adults and children. More and more research suggests that these health behaviors can have beneficial effects beyond health, including how we perform both physically and mentally. The emphasis here is on children in school, but it applies to adults, too.

Unfortunately, taking time for activity and good nutrition is seen as a luxury or a distraction to learning in most schools. Far from being a distraction, physical activity and healthy eating are prerequisites for learning and academic achievement. In short, these often-ignored factors can help make sure children are ready to learn. This is especially relevant at this time of year since children are headed back to school. Read More

IHT Assessments Selected as Official Software Platform for Presidential Youth Fitness Program

August 14, 2019 – The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and National Fitness Foundation (NFF) announce a partnership with Interactive Health Technologies, LLC (IHT) making the IHT Spirit System® the official software platform to collect and report Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) assessments.

In March, the AAU and National Fitness Foundation (NFF) announced a historic partnership in which AAU, the largest, non-profit, volunteer, multi-sport event organization in the world, will take over the implementation of the PYFP testing.  AAU will become the only organization in the country to manage in-school and out-of-school youth sports and fitness programs. AAU has selected IHT to collect and report PYFP data as part of their modernization of the PYFP program to benefit physical education classrooms across the nation.  Read More