Quincy Family YMCA and Lincoln-Douglas Elementary team up for Heart Rate Monitors

Originally published Aug. 21, 2019 by KHQA.

Making physical education more interesting to grade school students; that’s now a reality at Lincoln Douglas Elementary school in Quincy.

It’s all thanks to a grant from the Tracy Family Foundation, to allow the school and YMCA to team up buy new [IHT ZONE wrist] heart monitors. Read More

Using PE Heart Rate Data to Create a More Student-Friendly Curriculum

Data from the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors his students wear during their PE classes will help Hudson High School (Iowa) teacher Sean Leonard improve his curriculum for the coming school year.

Leonard modified his High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)-based program to observe how students’ effort level changed as measured by the ZONE’s heart rate reports generated after each session. With the data in hand, Leonard will spend part of his summer rethinking his approach to next year. Read More

Heart Rate Data Empowers Teacher to Personalize PE Program so Students Maximize Motivation and Opportunities for Success

Using data collected from the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors his students wear during class, Hudson High School PE (Iowa) teacher Sean Leonard will give students the freedom to personalize his curriculum during the next school year. Rather than participate in Leonard’s preselected daily activity during class, they’ll have the freedom to choose the activity that drives each of them to achieve their daily goals of time spent exercising at an elevated heart rate.

Lessons from an ‘Eye-Opening Experience’

  • Collect heart rate data regularly: Be consistent with the use of heart rate monitors. As students see the technology as part of their routine, the data will be a true reflection of the effort they give.

  • Offer a variety of activities to motivate students of all fitness levels: Heart rate data enables teachers to see exactly how each student performs in relation to their goal. Students will respond differently to each activity. Help students find activities that drive them to meet their daily goal.

  • Challenge students to do their best: The ZONE shows student and teacher in real time how hard the student is working. Each student has their own best,  regardless of how fast they run or how high they jump. Reinforce to the class that each student’s best effort is different.


Leonard introduced his students to the IHT ZONE monitors in January to collect daily heart rate session data. The data he’s collected has prompted him to rethink the way he approaches his PE curriculum. From what he has learned so far, he plans to test personalizing his class by letting students choose the fitness activities that motivate them the most. Read More

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Assessment Scores Soar as Students Use ZONE Heart Rate Monitors to Improve Fitness Through Cycling, Swimming and Spikeball

PE students at Scripps Middle School (Lake Orion, Mich.) know which activities get them working the hardest.

Based on data she gets from the IHT ZONE heart rate monitors her students wear during class, teacher Kim McCool agrees with her students. When her classes include their favorite activities, more than 98 percent of her students meet their session goal for minutes of moderate to vigorous activity. On mandatory fitness assessments, students don’t meet that near-perfect threshold but aren’t far off. Read More

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Young Medical Magnet Students Step Up Exercise Intensity With Heart Rate Monitors

Students Take First Steps Toward Fitness Management After Teacher Begins New Semester With IHT ZONE Wrist Heart Rate Monitors

When Bridge Creek Elementary (Elgin, S.C.) became a medical magnet campus,  Lindsay Belville enhanced health and PE program by adding IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors to her curriculum.  

Belville’s students (grades 2-5) first started using the ZONE monitors in January, and Belville’s seen them embrace the technology.

“They love it,” Belville said after her first week using the ZONEs. “They want to keep it on all day. They want to get the opportunity to get their heart rate up. They don’t want to be in the blue.” Read More