ESSA Funding

McAllen ISD Uses ESSA Funding to Bring Heart Rate Training to Middle Schools

District Adds Technology To Motivate Students to Improve Effort, Time Spent Exercising in PE Classes

Mario Reyna’s ability to quickly identify and apply for federal funding has helped him win back-to-back grants to purchase new PE technology from the McAllen (Texas) Independent School District’s allotment of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV, Part A allocation.

In each of the last two years, Reyna, McAllen ISD’s Coordinator for Health and Physical Education, won approximately $45,000 in grants to add new tools to his district’s physical education program. In 2017-18, Reyna used his grant to purchase a music-based exercise kit for PE classes at each of McAllen’s schools. With his 2018-19 funding, Reyna purchased sets of IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors, along with the IHT Spirit System software, for each of the district’s six middle schools. Read More

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Longevity and Academic Performance Increase as Students Exercise at an Elevated Heart Rate

Oct. 5, 2017 – Different companies have different philosophies about the key metrics in evaluating exercise sessions. There are devices the measure exercise at an elevated heart rate, how many steps we have taken, how fast we have run a given distance, and how many calories we have burned.

IHT designed the Spirit System to focus on minutes of exercise because academic research on both children and adults shows conclusively that exercise at an elevated heart rate is correlated to increased longevity, improved cognitive performance, and self-regulation and classroom functioning among children.

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Exercise at an Elevated Heart Rate Increases Longevity and Academic Performance

Oct. 5, 2017 – Different companies have different philosophies about the key metrics in evaluating exercise sessions. There are devices the measure exercise at an elevated heart rate, how many steps we have taken, how fast we have run a given distance, and how many calories we have burned.

IHT designed the Spirit System to focus on minutes of exercise because academic research on both children and adults shows conclusively that exercise at an elevated heart rate is correlated to increased longevity, improved cognitive performance, and self-regulation and classroom functioning among children.

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CEO Ben Bentzin honored by Austin Society of Information Management

Nov. 30, 2016

Austin – Interactive Health Technologies, LLC CEO Ben Bentzin received the 2016 Technology Community Leadership Award at the Austin IT Executives of the Year reception presented by the Austin Society of Information Management.

BentzinThe Technology Community Leadership Award recognizes excellence in leadership skills and execution in the eyes of the IT staff and the executive management of the organization with a focus on community involvement and service.

“I am grateful to the Austin chapter of the Society of Information Management for honoring me with this award,” Bentzin said. “Jen Ohlson and I co-founded Interactive Health Technologies, LLC with a vision to transform physical fitness for children, and I’m honored that SIM recognizes the contributions that IHT has made toward getting kids active and fit.” Read More

CEO Ben Bentzin Named Finalist for Top Austin Tech Honor

Nov. 15, 2016

Austin – Interactive Health Technologies, LLC CEO Ben Bentzin has been named a finalist for the 2016 Information Technologist of the Year award presented by the Austin Society of Information Management.

BentzinThe ceremony announcing the winner takes place at the Innotech Austin conference Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center.

“I am grateful to the Austin chapter of the Society of Information Management for nominating me for this award,” Bentzin said. “Jen Ohlson and I co-founded Interactive Health Technologies, LLC with a vision to transform physical fitness for children, and I’m honored that SIM recognizes the contributions that IHT has made toward getting kids active and fit.” Read More