April 05, 2016

Originally published on mobilehealthnews.com.

By Aditi Pai

Interactive Health Technologies (IHT) offers a health tracking system designed specifically for grade school physical education (PE) courses, to launch Zone, a wristworn activity and heart rate tracking device.

Zone is a durable activity tracking device that monitors a student’s heart rate throughout the day.  A display on the device’s screen allows users to see their heart rate. The device also sends the data to IHT’s system, called the IHT Spirit System. From there, PE teachers are able to view students’ activity and heart rates to figure out which children need extra attention to reach their target heart rate. The IHT Spirit System also includes curriculum and assessment management.

“In working with IHT, we found a partner that shared our vision of inspiring the next generation to lead healthy lives by making sport and fitness a life-long pursuit,” VP and General Manager of Digital Sports Stacey Burr said in a statement. “We’re firm believers that healthy habits are easier to keep the earlier you start, so introducing tools and resources at the school-level offered the perfect place to lay such an important foundation.”

During the 2015 school year, according to IHT, 600,000 children were enrolled in the IHT Spirit System. The company aims to reach one million students nationwide by the end of 2016.

Schools are able to start preordering the device today, but the device will be available at part of the program beginning in August or September.