One Hour of Exercise for Smarter, Healthier Iowa Kids

Originally published April 16, 2018 in the Public News Service.

By Roz Brown, Public News Service, Iowa

The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of daily physical activity for school-aged children. But most Iowa kids aren’t meeting that goal.

That one hour of activity is known to help keep weight off and improve kids’ mental and emotional health – which in turn can improve academic performance. But Iowa schools don’t require recess periods, where kids might get that exercise.  Read More

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Teachers Boost Heart Rate Training Using PE Assessment Software

Teachers are utilizing PE assessment software to accurately gauge daily student performance.

“I feel that the once subjective evaluations are non-existent,” said Jackie Clark, PE teacher at River Rock (Wisc.) Intermediate School.

Clark added the IHT Spirit System PE assessment software to her program for the current school year. Her students were adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors to record their heart rate data during a PE session. Students then transfer the data from the Zone HRMs to the Spirit System, where the software delivers an immediate assessment of student performance. Read More

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Boone family honored for impact on Humble ISD physical education

Originally published April 18, 2018 in the Houston Chronicle.

By Melanie Feuk

When their children were attending Pine Forest Elementary School, Steve and Paula Boone created a program that has lasted more than 25 years in Humble ISD.

Their program, called the Marathon Challenge, focused on two purposes — introducing children to the concept of marathons and encouraging the development of long-term goal setting. Read More

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PE Heart Rate Technology Helps Students to Improve Fitness Skills

Heart rate technology allows teachers to personalize physical education for each student, enabling students of all fitness levels to find success in class.

“Any time you can use a piece of technology to meet a kid at their level, it’s phenomenal,” says Doug Hallberg, PE teacher at Draper (N.Y.) Middle School and the 2017 SHAPE America Teacher of the Year. Read More

Students Learn Heart Rate Training Management with PE Technology

Teachers Use Fitness Data From Heart Rate Monitors To Educate Students on Management of All Fitness Levels

Physical education teachers use heart rate technology to show students how hard they need to exercise in class to positively impact their fitness levels.

A 24-year teaching veteran, River Rock (Wisc.) Intermediate School PE teacher Jackie Clark has always made it a priority to include the latest technology in her classes. She started with pedometers 15 years ago but knew they couldn’t give her – and especially her students – a full picture of how effective a workout was. While her students grasped the importance of activity, Clark wanted to give them a greater understanding of moving at an elevated heart rate. Read More