Young PE Students Learn to Surpass MVPA Fitness Goals While Self-Managing Effort

First and Second-Grade Students Display Understanding of Healthy Heart-Rate-Raising Effort with Help of PE Heart Rate Monitors

Students at Goose Bay Elementary School (Wasilla, Alaska) are already mastering important fitness elements including exercising at an elevated heart rate.

Goose Bay PE teacher Nancy Blake introduced the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitor and Spirit System assessment software to her first and second-grade students at the beginning of the year. The early returns on her investment have surpassed her most optimistic expectations. Read More

Don’t skip gym: Physical education important to learning, academic success

Originally published June 23, 2018 by WRVO Public Media.

By the WRVO Take Care Staff

With the demand for schools to focus more on academics and less on gym class, many districts in the U.S. have cut back students’ physical education times or eliminated them completely. However, an author and authority on the connection between brain activity and fitness said the two goals of fitness and academic success are not mutually exclusive.

Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and internationally recognized expert on neuropsychiatry, spoke with “Take Care” about the importance of physical exercise on brain development, especially when it comes to adolescents. Read More