McAllen PE Administrator Finds Success Earning ESSA Title IV, Part A Funding

Fast thinking and teamwork helped McAllen ISD (Texas) Coordinator for Health and Physical Education Mario Reyna fund two purchases through his district’s Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV, Part A allocation.

For the 2018-19 school year, Reyna worked with McAllen’s State and Federal Programs office to secure nearly $50,000 to purchase the IHT Spirit System for each of the district’s middle school PE departments. In 2017-18, Reyna secured similar funding to add music-based fitness tools to every elementary, middle and high school campus in McAllen ISD. Read More

PE Heart Rate Monitors

Elementary Students Quickly Reach Fitness Goals Using PE Heart Rate Monitors

Adding Technology Motivates Students of All Abilities to Increase Activity, Keep Heart Rate Elevated During Physical Activity

In just a few short weeks, fifth-grade students at Lincoln (Ill.) Elementary School have begun teaching each other how to improve their fitness using PE heart rate monitors.

Less than a month after Will Navis introduced the IHT Spirit System and IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors to his students, they’ve begun to take ownership of their fitness.

In each class session, students work to meet a goal of time spent exercising at an elevated heart rate. When class ends, they line up to return their monitors. As each student returns their ZONE, a summary graph appears on Navis’ computer. Read More

Fitness Frenzy

FUTP60 Grant Provides Opportunity to Bring Heart Rate Monitors to PE

With a Nov. 7 deadline on the horizon, teachers searching for funding to purchase heart rate technology have time to apply for a $4,000 grant from the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Fuel Up To Play 60 (FUTP60) grants provide teachers with funding to implement programs designed to improve their fitness and nutrition. The grants require that funding is spent evenly on each, and applications must demonstrate specifics how students will learn nutritional and fitness skills. Read More

MMS wins BCBS grant to boost student activity

Originally published Sept. 14, 2018 in the Shelby County Reporter.

By Nancy Wilstach

Shelia Jett, physical education teacher at Montevallo Middle School, is tackling the problem of inactivity among adolescent girls . . . one heartbeat at a time.

Jett got a big boost to her efforts when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama presented her school with a $10,000 Be Healthy grant, a part of the health insurance company’s effort to help kids form healthy habits. Read More

PE heart rate monitors

PE Heart Rate Monitors Nurture a Passion for Activity in Young Students

Teacher Uses Technology to Encourage Students to Exercise at Elevated Heart Rates to Build Essential Healthy Habits

By giving his students an early introduction to PE heart rate monitors, David Kober wants to nurture their passion for activity and develop heart rate training skills that will help students lead healthy lifestyles.

“Our community isn’t always as active and healthy as it needs to be,” Kober said. “I want to teach the students how to be healthy and why it’s important to be healthy. As they get older, this is just something they need to know to stay healthy.” Read More