Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary proves program to win 2017 Spirit Video Challenge

Dr. Katie Harper Wright ElementaryMay 9, 2017 – The 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.

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National Healthy Kids Day puts spotlight on importance of youth fitness

April 27, 2017 – On Saturday, YMCAs across the country will be full of children celebrating the annual Healthy Kids Day, where families can come to learn about ways to stay healthy, both over the summer and into the future.

National Healthy Kids DayAt New York’s Westside YMCA, families can take part in a unique celebration of music and fitness. The Y has partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and Hip Hop Public Health as well as Interactive Health Technologies (IHT Spirit) in celebration of the Council’s 60th Anniversary. Read More

News detailing Parker Middle School’s use of PE technology expands beyond local market

April 4, 2017 — Teachers looking for ways to create awareness for their PE programs might follow the example set by the General McLane School District in Erie, Pa.

In early March, the Erie Times profiled the physical education program at James Parker Middle School. Students, the story explained, had begun giving unprecedented effort during class following the introduction of “cool gym devices” – the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors.

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Erie Times photo

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Stella aside, another successful SHAPE convention

March 23, 2017 – What a week in Boston! For those who managed to beat Stella and get to Boston for SHAPE, it was – as always – an incredible week.

The importance of capturing heart rate data to assess PE performance, something that IHT has been perfecting since 2011, proved to be a major topic of discussion each day. As our partners have found, the combination of the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitor and accompanying Spirit HRM and Assessment Measures software puts students, parents and teachers in touch with a personalized heart rate summary immediately after class, allowing everyone more time to digest that vital information.

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MA State PE Association Measures Student SEL Progress

Feb. 9 – With its Board of Education focusing on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts physical education teachers now have a way to quantify how students master those essential skills.

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Students enjoy a pleasant conversation during PE class at Indian Springs Elementary (Texas).

IHT and the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) have integrated SEL protocols into IHT’s Spirit Assessment Measures software. Teachers at 79 participating schools can now assess how students master SEL skills and report the results of those assessments to state leaders, including MAHPERD Executive Director Maria Melchionda. Read More