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Ann Arbor adaptive PE students use HRMs to manage their health

July 19, 2017 – A teacher’s unique use of heart rate monitors helped Ann Arbor, Mich., adaptive physical education students learn to manage their health during the school day.

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Deak Swearingen (right) with colleague Gloria O’Neill.

During a pilot program directed by Ann Arbor Public Schools Adaptive Physical Education Teacher Consultant Deak Swearingen, 30 students wore the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit heart rate monitors during their PE classes. While many students have health issues — some severe — and cognitive disabilities, Swearingen saw unexpected success with students learning to self-manage.

I wasn’t sure the monitors would be able to teach [self-management] because I wasn’t sure that my students would have the cognitive ability to grasp it,” Swearingen said. “It’s something I’m extremely excited about.” Read More

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Portage Central students maximize MVPA minutes to reach healthy fitness levels

July 10, 2017 – Motivated by readings on their heart rate monitors, students at Portage Central Middle School logged more than 6,000 hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity in the just-completed school year while improving their Presidential Youth Fitness Program scores in several key areas.

Portage“Being able to see their heart rate takes their effort and motivation to another level,” said PCMS Athletic Coordinator John Dunlop.

Portage Central PE students wore the adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors this year after upgrading from the Spirit chest-strap monitor. Read More

News detailing Parker Middle School’s use of PE technology expands beyond local market

April 4, 2017 — Teachers looking for ways to create awareness for their PE programs might follow the example set by the General McLane School District in Erie, Pa.

In early March, the Erie Times profiled the physical education program at James Parker Middle School. Students, the story explained, had begun giving unprecedented effort during class following the introduction of “cool gym devices” – the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors.

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Erie Times photo

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Stella aside, another successful SHAPE convention

March 23, 2017 – What a week in Boston! For those who managed to beat Stella and get to Boston for SHAPE, it was – as always – an incredible week.

The importance of capturing heart rate data to assess PE performance, something that IHT has been perfecting since 2011, proved to be a major topic of discussion each day. As our partners have found, the combination of the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitor and accompanying Spirit HRM and Assessment Measures software puts students, parents and teachers in touch with a personalized heart rate summary immediately after class, allowing everyone more time to digest that vital information.

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Our view: Cool gym devices combat serious health problem

Originally published online by the Erie Times-News

March 7, 2017

Digital recreation — via cellphone, tablet, computer or video game console — often ranks among the top factors contributing the nation’s growing ranks of overweight and obese children.

Children these days too often amuse themselves while sitting still, not by running, jumping or taking part in other physical activity, like bike riding or swimming. Add to the mix the abundance of fast food and fewer healthy meals being cooked at home and you have the ingredients for a dangerous health trend.

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