Students learn benefits of lifetime fitness when PE teachers demonstrate healthy habits in class

Health and physical education teachers see participation levels spike when they introduce their favorite lifetime fitness activities to their students.

“Even though I’m in the health classroom, I’m constantly bringing in who I am and what I do and trying to set an example that these kids can buy into and continue with for the rest of their lives,” said Lindsay Yost, a health teacher at Fort Lupton Middle School in Colorado. Read More


School districts adjust to promote lifetime of fitness

Originally published Jan. 25, 2018 in the Daily Courier.

By Nanci Hutson

Holding her tennis racket waist high, Taylor Hicks Elementary fourth-grader Lydia Mathis bounced a red and yellow ball as if she were flipping pancakes.

She kept a firm, but flexible wrist to keep control of the ball as she launched it higher and higher without dropping it onto the floor.

All around her, Mathis classmates’ were doing similar actions, their physical education teacher Melissa Bates weaving among them offering tips and encouragement to each one as they practiced the drill.

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Heart rate monitors help teachers drive home intrinsic habits

As wearable devices become more and more prevalent, companies use different metrics to track activity and rate workouts. While steps and calories remain two of the most prevalent focuses in the consumer marketplace, teachers focus on minutes of exercise at an elevated heart rate to develop healthy habits in their students.

“I focus on heart rate,” said Riverton, Wyoming physical education teacher Mike Bradley. “If you get your heart rate up often enough, then you’re helping your overall health and fitness. I can walk 10,000 steps in a day without getting my heart rate up. We have to get our heart rates up for those steps to really benefit us.”

Teachers work with students to explain the benefit of wearing a heart rate monitor while exercising and understanding what the monitor shows.

The Center For Disease Control recommends that children and adolescents between ages six and 17 should have at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Interactive Health Technologies developed an education-focused heart rate monitor and assessment system, believes that teaching children how to elevate their heart rate during that daily activity is paramount to teaching healthy habits. People of all ages see the biggest health benefit from exercising at an elevated heart rate. Read More


Heart association honors Portland phys ed teacher

Originally published Dec. 26, 2017 in The Forecaster.

By Kate Irish Collins The Forecaster

PORTLAND — Raising awareness around heart health and encouraging students to give back are important life lessons.

That’s why Denise Pressier, the physical education teacher at Lincoln Middle School, enrolls her students in the annual Hoops for Heart community service fundraiser. The Hoops for Heart event benefits the American Heart Association and this year Pressier was honored for her long-time commitment to the cause with the Hoops for Heart Coordinator of the Year award from the Maine chapter of the association.

The presentation took place at the annual conference of the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, at the Samoset Resort in Rockland. Pressier, who’s taught phys ed at Lincoln Middle for the past 15 years, said, “I was honored to win this award. I have supported this event for many years … (and it) was special to be honored by my peers.”

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