Our view: Cool gym devices combat serious health problem

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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Schools Use Technology to Improve Gym Classes

As seen in U.S. News & World Report, originally published in the Erie Times-News

March 6, 2017

By DAVID BRUCE, Erie Times-News

EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) — Physical education teachers at Parker Middle School are noticing a little extra hustle from their students.

When a volleyball rolls across the gym floor during drills, several students chase after it. Sometimes they start doing jumping jacks between relay races.

“It’s all about turning their wrist monitors red,” said Heather Karns, a physical education teacher for the General McLane School District.

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Heart rate monitors are transforming physical education classes in Pleasant Valley

As published in the Quad Cities Times.

March 2, 2017

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Technology worn on the wrists of teenagers is transforming traditional physical education classes at Pleasant Valley’s junior high and high school.

“When you are done, your heart rate should be in the red zone, about 200,” shouted P.E. and Wellness teacher Jason Vice, during an eighth grade P.E. class at Pleasant Valley Junior High in LeClaire last week.

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Students fired up to get fit with Spirit System in school’s ‘new PE’

Originally published Jan. 15, 2017 by GoErie.com.

Students fired up to get fit

ParkerEDINBORO – Technology is helping James W. Parker Middle School students get physically fit.

A “Spirit System” by Interactive Health Technologies, including heart monitor “watches,” helps students track cardiovascular results during workouts.

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Pennsylvania school adds Spirit System to PE program

Originally published Jan. 6, 2017 in the Lancer Life Blog at James W. Parker Middle School in Edinboro, Penn.

JWPMS adds new PE technology to improve student fitness

Basketball, double dutch, dodgeball, sledding and … technology?

Introducing the 21st century physical education classroom.

James W. Parker Middle School (JWPMS) is engaging students through interactive technology to improve students’ cardiovascular fitness.

fitnessThrough the IHT Spirit System, students now have the opportunity to manage their individual health and fitness. The technology includes heart monitor watches, docking stations, PC’s to run the IHT Spirit system software and the software itself. The watches are intended to motivate students by instantly sending them an email with their heart rates throughout the period ensuring that they challenge themselves and hit specific heart zones.

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