IHT Assessments Selected as Official Software Platform for Presidential Youth Fitness Program

August 14, 2019 – The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and National Fitness Foundation (NFF) announce a partnership with Interactive Health Technologies, LLC (IHT) making the IHT Spirit System® the official software platform to collect and report Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) assessments.

In March, the AAU and National Fitness Foundation (NFF) announced a historic partnership in which AAU, the largest, non-profit, volunteer, multi-sport event organization in the world, will take over the implementation of the PYFP testing.  AAU will become the only organization in the country to manage in-school and out-of-school youth sports and fitness programs. AAU has selected IHT to collect and report PYFP data as part of their modernization of the PYFP program to benefit physical education classrooms across the nation.  Read More

Rockville Elementary receives physical education award

Originally published May 19, 2019 in the Miami County Republic.

By Doug Carder

Rockville Elementary has received a statewide award for its excellence in physical education.

The Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance tabbed Rockville for its Model School Gold Award, which will be presented at the 2019 KAHPERD state convention in Pittsburg. Rockville Elementary’s physical education program also will be highlighted in the Spring 2020 issue of the KAHPERD Journal. Read More

Partner physical education is bringing together students of all abilities

Originally published April 23, 2019 by Q13 Fox.

In just its second year, a class is bringing together students of all abilities. The program called Partner Physical Education is happening in some Seattle Public Schools and its impact goes beyond the gym.

For many, PE is about building confidence and making connections. It’s on display, everywhere you look at this PE class at Eckstein Middle School. Students with disabilities are paired with general education students. The goal is to make sure the class moves at a pace that works for everyone. Read More

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Elementary Students Put Fitness Skills on Display in Teachers’ Ninja Warrior Challenge

Students at Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School (Port Jervis, N.Y.) gave their teachers new insight into their athletic abilities during last year’s Warrior Kids Heart Challenge. Teachers Jon Foley and Nicole Beam created the challenge – an obstacle course fashioned after popular television competition American Ninja Warrior –  as part of the school’s American Heart Association unit.  Read More

CDC researcher: Physical activity one of the most important ways to improve health

Originally published July 27, 2019 by WRVO Public Media.

With much discussion on how sedentary Americans are in the present society, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created guidelines for activity, all with the message that any exercise is better than none at all.

Dr. John D. Omura, who works in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the CDC in the Physical Activity and Health Branch, spoke with “Take Care” about the CDC and his research. He has helped author several studies relating to exercise, including “Walking as an Opportunity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention,” which he hopes will encourage more Americans to stay active. Read More