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After two years, West Des Moines schools switch to IHT Spirit heart rate technology

“This is what we need to do to help students be healthy and fit for life. If we don’t provide the necessary tools, we are doing the students a disservice.”

Aug. 3, 2017 – Two years ago, Brian Rhoads implemented a pilot program to study heart rate in his physical education classes at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School (West Des Moines, Iowa). The program continues this school year district-wide in all 13 of West Des Moines’ campuses but with IHT Spirit System equipment.

“We piloted a program using [a heart rate technology company’s] chest strap monitors in our 9th grade building,” Rhoads said. “The next year we tried out [the same company’s] wrist monitors, but they weren’t multi-user friendly in a school of 700 students.”

To meet the needs of their innovative program, Rhoads used research and analysis to convince West Des Moines’ leadership to switch to the IHT Spirit System, complete with assessment software, to be used throughout the district. As the new K-12 PE Curriculum Leader for the district, Rhoads saw a better fit for the district’s needs: the adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors and the IHT Spirit Assessment Measures software. He estimates that 7,500 students will use the heart rate monitors this year.

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HYPE motivates NYC students to improve fitness, passion for health

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HYPE students perform during their showcase at St. Simon Stock School in New York. Photos courtesy of Hip Hop Public Health.

June 12, 2017 – Students participating in a pilot program known as HYPE (Hip Hop Youth and Physical Education) showed improved fitness and increased confidence along with an understanding of how heart rate relates to fitness. HYPE wrapped up with a June 6 showcase at St. Simon Stock School in The Bronx, where the students performed alongside legendary musician Doug E. Fresh, a Hip Hop Public Health board member.

Hip Hop Public Health created HYPE with support from Beat Global, Columbia University Medical Center, Home Box Office, adidas and Interactive Health Technologies. HYPE provided students who lack time for physical education at school with a chance to improve their fitness — and overall health — through an afterschool program built around dance and heart rate data analysis. Read More

Maury River Middle adds IHT Spirit System to individualize PE for students

June 2, 2017 – Maury River Middle School (Lexington, Va.) aims to change the way Virginia schools engage students through physical education.

Beginning this summer and into the new school year, Maury River students will be the first in Virginia to utilize technology that puts them directly in touch with their heart rate data. The school has purchased several sets of adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors along with IHT’s Assessment Measures software to be used during a summer program and then during PE classes when the year begins.

MauryWith childhood obesity becoming a major epidemic in our country, we saw the need to adapt our curriculum to what our children need most…individualized instruction that meets every student at their own fitness level,” said Maury River Middle School PE Teacher Vicki Black. “IHT adidas Zone heart rate monitors will allow us to connect our PE classrooms and students with the modern world of fitness technology.” Read More

IDEA schools thrive academically while implementing new PE technology

May 23, 2017 – IHT congratulates IDEA Public Schools on attaining high academic achievement while maintaining a commitment to deliver physical education programs that motivate students to improve their health and academic performance.

ideaOn May 5, the Washington Post released its 19th annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. IDEA, a system of public charter schools operating throughout Texas, saw five of its campuses rank among the nation’s top nine most academically challenging schools. The Post ranks schools based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by students and number of graduating seniors in the measured school year.

Frontier College Prep (third), Mission College Prep (fourth), San Juan College Prep (fifth), San Benito College Prep (sixth) and Quest College Prep (ninth) earned high marks for their challenging curriculum. At four of the IDEA campuses, at least 76 percent of the students passed at least one of the AP tests, and both Frontier and San Juan boasted 89 percent passing rates. IDEA’s students found academic success while also participating in a physical education program in they combined to burn 25 million calories while logging 3 million minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

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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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