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Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary wins IHT Spirit Video Challenge powered by adidas

(Interactive Health Technologies | IHT Spirit PE Software | Heart Rate Monitors — May 21, 2017) Austin, Texas — Capture-new eslThe 2017 IHT Spirit Video Challenge Powered by adidas wrapped up with a flurry of activity, and a panel of judges decided that the video submitted by Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary School in East St. Louis, IL did the best job of “Proving their Program.”

Submitted by PE teacher David Kober, the two-minute video featured students describing how the health and physical education school is improving each year. Students walk through school describing the healthy choices they learn to make every day and how their ability to take ownership of their health and fitness would be enhanced with the addition of IHT’s technology.

Kober’s class wins a set of 28 adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit heart rate monitors, a three-year license to operate IHT’s Spirit Assessment Measures software, and an adidas-IHT Power Package that includes IHT’s Spirit Curriculum, student journal and training. The grand prize package is valued at $12,000.

“Our challenge this year focused on ways teachers are proving how they are transforming the lives of students,” said IHT President Jen Ohlson. “Every video submitted demonstrated the value of data-based health and physical education. To see in video after video students explaining why they benefit from heart rate data and how they are motivated to work hard and own their health inspired not only our judges but everyone who took time to view the videos.”

In 2015, IHT partnered with adidas to develop the first wearable designed specifically for health and physical education. The adidas ZONE puts students in touch with their heart rate data both during a class session and immediately after with a report delivered by email. Worn on the wrist, the ZONE delivers heart rate data with the accuracy of hospital chest strap heart rate monitors.

“We’re thrilled to be working with IHT to support PE teachers in their efforts to empower students to get and stay active,” said adidas Director of Partnerships Kim Scheffler. “Judging from the video submissions, especially the winning entry from Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary, it’s clear there are some exemplary teachers and students worthy of recognition who are ‘proving their program’ every day.”

The Spirit Video Challenge drew nearly 50,000 viewers and voters. Videos were judged on a combination of quality (70 percent), originality and creativity (20 percent) and vote total (10 percent).

Other winning videos include second-place Silvia School (Terry Mahjoory) in Fall River, Mass.; third place Maury River Middle School (Vicki Black) in Lexington, Va., and fourth place Anderson Elementary (Lynell Addis) in Frisco, Texas. The video from Silvia School received the most votes, followed closely by Anderson. Each of the top four winning videos received prizes from IHT and adidas. Runner-up prizes included the IHT Spirit Assessment Measures software, IHT’s Spirit Curriculum and an adidas/IHT power package that includes apparel and more.

Deb Funke at Rose Hill Middle School, Rose Hill, Kan., won the raffle for a $200 adidas Smart Ball. Videos that showcased adidas products automatically qualified for a raffle.

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Fitness test tracking

Lisa Simpson, The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

Fri, 24 June, 2016

Physical education teachers have been taught how to use a new computer programme to help empower their students to lead healthy lifestyles.

Teachers from across the island’s public schools took part in the training session about the Spirit System, which includes standardised fitness assessment tools, at Berkeley Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The training was important in that it emphasised the current health-oriented approach to Bermuda’s physical education programme, which focuses on all school-aged children, instead of only on fitness and the more athletic children,” Healthy Schools co-ordinator Marie Beach-Johnson told The Royal Gazette. She added: “This training session will help to facilitate Healthy Schools, which includes the vital partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Department of Health, by ultimately providing school-aged children with the lifelong tools to improve their health and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Ms Beach-Johnson said the training involved hands-on practice with the Spirit System programme and practical activities to simulate what PE teachers will have the students do for each of the fitness component tests.

“The primary goal is that PE teachers will administer each fitness test in a standardised manner that allows the results to be reliable and valid,” she explained.

“PE teachers also learnt that the Spirit System is an extremely powerful tool that is the foundation of the Premier’s Youth Fitness Programme, which will enable PE teachers to empower their students to develop healthy lifestyles and expose them to age-appropriate physical activities.”

Furthermore, they learnt about how wrist heart monitors can increase their students’ interest in physical activity and motivation to become more physically active, she added.

Expert members of the Premier’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, which was convened last year and consists of professionals who have worked with children in health and fitness, also spoke to the teachers.

Richard Fulton highlighted the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Child Growth Charts and how PE teachers should interpret their students’ body mass index.

Dr Fulton also discussed when a child should be referred to their school nurse or paediatrician.

And public health nutritionist and registered dietitian Cymone Hollis discussed the importance of nutrition and reviewed the EatWell Bermuda Dietary Guidelines.

While the training session was aimed at public schoolteachers, Ms Beach-Johnson added that the Premier’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition plans to meet with the principals of the island’s private schools in the early autumn to discuss implementation of the Spirit System.

Fitness test tracking

Lisa Simpson

Fri, June 24, 2016

Physical education teachers have been taught how to use a new computer programme to help empower their students to lead healthy lifestyles.

Teachers from across the island’s public schools took part in the training session about the Spirit System, which includes standardised fitness assessment tools, at Berkeley Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The training was important in that it emphasised the current health-oriented approach to Bermuda’s physical education programme, which focuses on all school-aged children, instead of only on fitness and the more athletic children,” Healthy Schools co-ordinator Marie Beach-Johnson told The Royal Gazette. She added: “This training session will help to facilitate Healthy Schools, which includes the vital partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Department of Health, by ultimately providing school-aged children with the lifelong tools to improve their health and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Ms Beach-Johnson said the training involved hands-on practice with the Spirit System programme and practical activities to simulate what PE teachers will have the students do for each of the fitness component tests.

“The primary goal is that PE teachers will administer each fitness test in a standardised manner that allows the results to be reliable and valid,” she explained.

“PE teachers also learnt that the Spirit System is an extremely powerful tool that is the foundation of the Premier’s Youth Fitness Programme, which will enable PE teachers to empower their students to develop healthy lifestyles and expose them to age-appropriate physical activities.”

Furthermore, they learnt about how wrist heart monitors can increase their students’ interest in physical activity and motivation to become more physically active, she added.

Expert members of the Premier’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, which was convened last year and consists of professionals who have worked with children in health and fitness, also spoke to the teachers.

Richard Fulton highlighted the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Child Growth Charts and how PE teachers should interpret their students’ body mass index.

Dr Fulton also discussed when a child should be referred to their school nurse or paediatrician.

And public health nutritionist and registered dietitian Cymone Hollis discussed the importance of nutrition and reviewed the EatWell Bermuda Dietary Guidelines.

While the training session was aimed at public schoolteachers, Ms Beach-Johnson added that the Premier’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition plans to meet with the principals of the island’s private schools in the early autumn to discuss implementation of the Spirit System.

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Heart monitors provide incentive for maximum effort in P.E. class

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 On Board Online • Heart Monitors By Jason Franchuk Special CorrespondentA timid face greeted teacher Doug Hallberg near the end of a physical education class in the Mohonasen school district. A delightful problem: a seventh-grade girl was wondering if she had been working too hard.

Sheepishly, she handed over a slimy heart rate monitor.

“It’s supposed to be sweaty ? that’s the point!” Hallberg replied in a cheerful, booming voice.

Heart monitors are part of an experiment in the Schenectady County district that involves new ways to keep students moving. Students try to achieve target heart rates and meet other goals.

The monitors “take out all of the guesswork” about which students are really making an effort, said Matt Stein, who oversees health and physical education in the district. Novices and competitive-level athletes have different baselines, and their efforts can be compared fairly.

Along with Draper Middle School colleagues Nikki Schaap and Ray Kearney, Hallberg is integrating science and physiology lessons into P.E. classes, as well. In sixth grade, students learn about muscles. In seventh, the focus turns to heart rates and diseases associated with lack of exercise. Eighth-graders learn about nutrition and develop training plans.

On a recent Thursday morning, seventh-grader Mattison Muller moved from station to station doing squats and other muscle-building exercises, along with stretching and sprints. A sound system blared an eclectic array of (school-acceptable) songs ranging from Ozzy Osbourne to the Neon Trees.

Muller said it’s a good way to start the school day. “You just feel more awake,” he said.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have reached the same conclusion. In a study, they found it took only 20 minutes of moderate exercise to improve cognitive function in elementary students.

At Draper Middle School, P.E. activities often are in the form of games. One example is called “builders and dozers,” in which six teams scatter colored cones and eventually try to knock down the other teams’ cones. Another popular one is “bowling for fitness.” It involves “rolling” bean bags and 20-meter sprints to set up the pins. Music blares as students are constantly on the move.

“Organized chaos” was how Lynne Lenhardt, NYSSBA’s immediate past president, described two games she witnessed during a December demonstration. Students were breathing hard – and laughing, she recalled.

“The goal of what we do, with the help of the monitors, is to help them pull a little more effort than they think they can pull out of themselves,” Hallberg said.

Mohonasen is considering migrating to fitness bracelets next year because strapping on heart monitors has some disadvantages. It takes a little extra locker-room class time to get ready. And some students find them a little uncomfortable.

But students do seem to like the feedback. At the end of class, they line up to see the record of their heart rate on a monitor. Some of them banter about whose results will prove better.

The students look comfortable examining their results on a computer screen and are eager to hear Hallberg’s verdict on whether the numbers are good enough.

“I want every one of these kids to feel seen,” said Hallberg, who was named Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2015 by New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD).

“It doesn’t mean I’m telling them they’re wonderful all of the time,” he said. While some students might want to “go to a wall and try to disappear” in P.E. class, a conversation with the teacher about personalized results is part of the format at Draper Middle School. “It forces interaction – good, bad or indifferent. That’s important stuff.”

Using high tech tools to monitor individual effort and achievement has unparalleled value in physical education for both students and teachers, Hallberg said. “I’ve been invigorated by this technology.”

New approaches to P.E. began in Mohonasen five years ago, when the district was awarded a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program. Hallberg says the grant has been used to enhance offerings as a whole, the heart rate monitors being a “small but incredibly valuable portion” of the grant.

Principal Deb Male sees the approach as light years ahead of the physical education of yesteryear. She winces when she remembers not being able to climb a rope in P.E. class as a youngster.

The school’s gym is near her office, and she finds herself dropping by whenever she needs a break – or a little inspiration.

“Every day here, it’s an opportunity to do a personal best,” Male said.

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