PE Advocate Eric Larson Joins IHT as Regional Vice-President
Nov. 13, 2018 – Interactive Health Technologies (IHT), an Austin-based company transforming physical education through the use of technology, proudly welcomes Eric Larson to the team.
Eric Larson joins IHT as a Regional Sales Vice President. IHT’s Spirit System® uses heart rate monitors and customizable assessment software to help teach students about the importance of exercising at an elevated heart rate.
“Eric is a pioneer in the physical educational industry,” said IHT President Jen Ohlson. “His experience, in helping students, teachers, and administrators reach their full potential through technology, will be extremely valuable as IHT continues to positively impact schools around the world.”
For the last three years, Larson worked with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as National Physical Education/Physical Activity Advisor. Larson is a long-time physical education teacher and administrator as well. He taught physical education in the Denver Public School system for 22 years and also served as the DPS Physical Education Director for 13 years. In his career, Larson received honors including Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Colorado Administrator of the Year and the National Physical Education Administrator of the Year (SHAPE America).
“I am excited to join the IHT team and believe the IHT heart rate monitor, with corresponding assessment capabilities, is the best on the market for capturing student data,” Larson said. “When students can track their fitness levels it is a huge motivator for them to be active for a lifetime.”
As a PE teacher and administrator, Larson worked diligently to seek out funding for various initiatives. In his tenure with Denver Public Schools, he wrote and administered more than $7 million in grants for the PE department, including three federally funded PEP Grants.
IHT’s Spirit System® is an integrated web-based heart rate and assessment system that connects students with daily fitness and academic outcomes from K-12th grade. Students are empowered to self-manage their well-being through heart rate monitors worn in PE classes. The Spirit System curriculum and email feedback provides teachers and parents the tools to support students. By moving away from the “one size fits all” approach to physical education and assessment, IHT individualizes the process, creating greater autonomy and personal responsibility while validating the importance of daily physical activity within the school day.